Ray Emery will make his second start in three games Saturday in Boston as the Flyers try to snap a three-game losing skid.
Mathematically, the Flyers need six points to clinch a playoff berth. Yet they can still get into the playoffs with wins Saturday and on Sunday against Buffalo if they get some help from a couple of other clubs.
But it’s complicated. Bottom line: The Flyers need six points and need to score some goals.
They have gone 130 minutes, 25 seconds since last scoring a goal and that was against Boston last Sunday from Vinny Lecavalier. They have taken 76 shots since last scoring.
It took them 52 shots to get three goals against the Bruins.
They took 37 on Thursday against Columbus and lost, 2-0.
“We don’t have to nip anything in the bud,” coach Craig Berube said. “It’s two [scoreless] games. If I go back and look at the St. Louis game, we had tons of chances and none went in. We had chances [Thursday]. I didn’t think the power play was good.”
The Flyers were 0 for 4 on the power play vs. Columbus and are 0 for 11 over their last three games.
Berube and his players talked about harder work and better shot selection.
“This time of year, you don’t get the easy goals,” Berube said. “You have to work for things. Go to the net, get rebounds and dirty goals.”
Berube said the Flyers' execution lately has been poor.
“We didn’t execute very well with the puck,” he said. “First period was fine, OK, and the second period we were taking the game over but the power play hurt.”
It was awful, as Columbus had four shorthanded rushes. Berube said the power play actually robbed the Flyers of momentum.
And then the third period, the club was flat. All of that has to change against the Bruins.
“We need to put pressure on their defense and pucks on net,” Sean Couturier said. “We have to have that mindset to get 50-60 shots on net.”