Luke Schenn's playoff drought will likely continue

Luke Schenn's playoff drought will likely continue

April 12, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Four years spent in Toronto on the blue line.
 
Four years in Canada’s premier hockey culture environment.
 
Yet the one thing a young player like Luke Schenn never got to experience during his stay as a Maple Leaf was ... the playoffs.
 
Which is why he was delirious with excitement last June after the NHL draft ended and he had been told he was headed to Philadelphia in a trade for James van Riemsdyk.
 
Playoffs! Who could ask for more, Schenn wondered?
 
Well, the lockout-shortened season is down to eight games for the Flyers and to the utter dismay of many, it’s obvious there will be no postseason hockey in Philadelphia.
 
So Schenn’s disappointment will likely continue.
 
“Obviously, when you get traded to Philadelphia the first thing that runs through your mind is you are going to a contender,” Schenn said.
 
“This year has just been, like I said, up and down. It’s tough. We got off to an obviously tough start and a ton of games in a short amount of time, not a lot of practice time.
 
“You’re never going to make excuses with the season and everything like that. Like I said, it’s obviously frustrating for everyone but we’ll stick with it until the end here and continue to work for each other.”
 
The end could come quickly in the days ahead as the Flyers meet the Sabres on Saturday afternoon in Buffalo.
 
Buffalo, the 11-seed in the Eastern Conference, has 38 points, one more than the 12th-seeded Flyers, who remain seven points out of a playoff spot.
 
SportsClubStats.com gives the Flyers a 0.9 percent chance to make the playoffs and a 25 percent chance to finish 12th in the East. Their playoff hopes are down 4.2 percent from Thursday, before they lost 3-1 to Ottawa.
 
The Flyers say the mood is still upbeat in the dressing room, but that simply is not the case. It’s a far cry from what it was last weekend when the Flyers were riding a four-game win streak going into Winnipeg.
 
The confidence the Flyers showed last week is gone now.
 
“The mood of the team?” Schenn asked. “I think everyone is still going to put in obviously a good effort right to the end. There is no question about that.
 
“Guys still have a lot to play for, but obviously everyone’s a little bit frustrated. Guys are probably squeezing the stick a little tight.
 
“Obviously, we aren’t scoring very many goals either. Frustration is a big thing, but I know everyone is still working and competing.”
 
Veteran Simon Gagne, who won a Stanley Cup in Los Angeles last season, says he hasn’t given up hope, but also realizes there are other things that can be gleaned from these final games, regardless.
 
“We still have eight games left,” Gagne said. “As a hockey player you still have to come in and work hard in practice and still find a way to improve. Whatever happens, we’ll take it as a learning experience.
 
“We have a lot of young guys here that need to learn a lot of things. We have to improve a lot of our game and whatever happens, who knows? We have to come prepare for every game, and play our best.”