Flyers find themselves looking up at entire conference

Flyers find themselves looking up at entire conference

February 2, 2013, 1:00 pm
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They’ve fallen into the great abyss.
 
Friday’s 3-2 loss in Washington officially dropped the Flyers into fifth place in the Atlantic Division and 15th – dead last – in the Eastern Conference.
 
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren expressed “concern” after the game about his team falling so far behind the rest of the pack.
 
An NHL source said Saturday morning that Holmgren is looking to make a deal to find a scoring forward and a mobile defenseman. Andrej Meszaros will miss significant time with a shoulder injury.

The Flyers host Carolina on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center (see game notes).
 
This is the lowest point Peter Laviolette’s club has been in the standings after a defeat since Dec. 21, 2009, when his team fell 21 points behind the division-leading New Jersey Devils after a 4-1 loss to Florida.

The Flyers were 14th in the conference after that defeat.

At the time, Laviolette had been on the job barely two weeks as John Stevens’ replacement.
 
The last time the Flyers occupied 15th in the East for any sustained period of time was during the 2006-07 season.
 
On Oct. 17, 2006, they suffered their second-worst loss in club history – a 9-1 defeat at Buffalo.
 
That night, the Flyers dropped into 15th place under Ken Hitchcock and stayed there for the remainder of the season. Stevens took over on Oct. 22.
 
The Flyers failed to make the playoffs that spring for the first time since 1994-95.

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