The Flyers are in shambles after a terrible month of March
The Philadelphia Flyers finished the month of march with a 6-10-1 record. It was the third worst in the league by points percentage and they were outscored by an almost unreal 30 goals. It was a historic month, as the team set a franchise record for the most tallies allowed in the month with 75. Quick math will tell you that means they allowed an average of 4+ goals per contest.
The Flyers dropped from being first in points percentage in the East Division at the end of February (.694) to the fifth best (.543) entering April. You really couldn’t imagine a worse month for the orange and black. Of course, the season is not over but it sure feels that way. After a promising start to the year with sky-high expectations after last season, this Flyers team has fallen to the depths of Philly fan’s hearts.
What makes matters even worse, is how the Flyers lost those 11 games in March. I’m not even sure where to start because there are so many embarrassing games to review. Four of the Flyers losses came in blowout fashion. There was a 9-0 loss to the New York Rangers. There was an 8-3 blowout by the Rangers. There was a 6-1 loss to the Islanders, and a 5-2 loss to the Penguins. Take your pick. If none of those games do it for you, then you can look to last Wednesday’s game against a Buffalo Sabres team that just lost 18 straight games 6-1.
The Flyers were tied with the Devils, Jets, Avalanche, and Stars in the month of March in terms of how many games each team played. The Flyers played a total of 19 games in 33 days dating back to late February. Shayne Gostisbehere was placed on waivers. Carter Hart was awarded time off to undergo a full mental and physical reset. Both Lindblom and Patrick were given a few days off to recharge the batteries and Flyers fans, finally allowed to watch their hockey team in person were left in complete disgust as their team failed to do anything productive over the last 31 days of the NHL season.
Whether you want to blame A.V. for not having his hockey team executing at a professional level, the veteran players for not rallying this team to at least some respectable losses, a tough schedule that had the Flyers playing 19 games in just over a month, or a young core that possibly played above what they are capable of doing last season, the Philadelphia Flyers are in complete shambles.