Flyers Storylines: More division games coming

Flyers Storylines: More division games coming

Can the Flyers build off their shutout win over the Devils?

November 3, 2013, 4:45 pm
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The Flyers are in last place in the Metropolitan Division with a 4-9-0 record. (USA Today Images)

It's been an eventful couple of days for the orange and black.

Less than 24 hours after an embarrassing shellacking at the hands of the Washington Capitals, the Flyers rebounded for arguably their most complete performance of the season in a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

The Flyers, however, are still far from perfect. They've scored an NHL-low 21 goals through the first 13 games of the season and currently sit dead last in the Metropolitan Division.

Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Scott Hartnell have yet to find the back of the net. That has to change.

With that in mind, here are a few storylines we'll be keeping an eye on this week:

On the mend
The Flyers lost both Steve Downie and Vinny Lecavalier to injuries in Friday's loss to the Caps.

Downie is out indefinitely with a concussion after taking a hard left from Aaron Volpatti in a second-period scrap. He was released from the hospital on Sunday and general manager Paul Holmgren said he is doing "well."

Holmgren expects Lecavalier, who was also hurt in a fight, to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game with the Carolina Hurricanes. Lecavalier missed three games earlier this season because of a lower-body injury. He leads the Flyers with five goals.

Bottom dwellers
The Flyers have the opportunity to gain some ground in the standings this week. They have two division games -- against Carolina Tuesday and New Jersey Thursday -- before taking on the Edmonton Oilers next Saturday.

Entering Sunday, the Flyers were 14 points behind the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins. They trail the Columbus Blue Jackets and Devils by just two points and the Hurricanes by three.

More of Gill?
Head coach Craig Berube has already moved Andrej Meszaros and Erik Gustafsson in and out of the lineup several times this year, but made another change on the blueline Saturday. Luke Schenn was a healthy scratch and Hal Gill made his Flyers debut.

Gill, who is in his 16th NHL season, was a plus-1 in nearly 15 minutes of action against the Devils.

The Flyers' defense has committed turnover after turnover this season, so if Berube doesn't like how one of his defensemen looks we could be seeing more of Gill.

Day hockey
When the Oilers come to town later this week, the Flyers will play their first afternoon game of the season (1 p.m.).

Last year, the orange and black were 6-6-0 in games that started before 7 p.m.