‘I think we can recover from this’

Hopes in the flyers’ playoffs seem to fade a little further in every game.

Since a ten-day break due to the COVID-19 protocol last month, their retention in the Eastern Division playoffs has decreased. In the last 18 games, the Flyers are 7-9-2 and start the game with the Rangers on Thursday in a series of three defeats. The last time they saw the Blueshirts, the final score was 9-0 Hockey on Wednesday night last week.

That rush is one of the key factors in the Flyers ’failure this season. Carter Hart, called the goalkeeper of the franchise’s future, has taken a big step backwards and has as many as 885 percent power savings in 21 appearances. His reserve, Brian Elliott, had no relief with his 0.889 ESSV% in 15 games played. Together, the Philadelphia duo in the network have the worst ESSV% in the NHL at .884, according to the Natural Stat Trick.

Despite a black hole in the net, CEO Chuck Fletcher still believes in his young online player.

“I believe in Carter,” Fletcher said Wednesday. “I believe in his talent and I believe that he will be a very good goalkeeper for this franchise for a long time to come. But obviously he’s not at the top of his game right now. “

In addition to the goals that come in (3.52 goals allowed per game), the special teams did not help because they are a team with 10 places in both power play (19.1%) and penalty kills (74.5%). Fletcher took responsibility for the current composition of the team and coaching staff and expressed a desire for more consistency. He also said that with the approaching trade deadline for the NHL on April 12, he wants to buy, not sell.

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“Right now, we’re certainly not looking at sales,” he said. “I would tell you in my calls with managers across the League, first of all, I received very few calls. It was really quiet in terms of receiving calls. I made a lot of them. I think I was a lot more aggressive than a lot of people who just looked at different possibilities. But there don’t seem to be a lot of teams ready to accept dollars and terms at the moment. There seem to be more teams looking to move some parts than they are taking for various reasons. “

Fletcher said he feels the flyer’s problems are fixable and one area he would like to improve is the blue line. It makes sense when you watch them play and listen to the daily rumors that tie them to the Mattias Ekholm prize game.

Flyers are close to the ceiling and have 49 of 50 contracts on their books, so they could also see bodies leaving Philadelphia in any business when fresh faces or faces arrive.

Despite this slip, Fletcher retains faith. He believes in Hart and believes that this downward trend will soon be reversed.

“I think we can recover from this,” he said. “I think we will get a chance to catch our breath here. In the next little part here we don’t have that much back-to-back. We’re actually going to get a chance to practice or two and I think we have a chance to reset here. But we have good players. We need to play better. ”


Sean Leahy is a writer for Talk about professional hockey at NBC Sports. Throw his turn on [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.