At this point in the season, most Philadelphia Flyers fans have gone through the five stages of grief.
From denial to anger to bargaining to depression to acceptance. The Flyers are terrible, and the future does not look bright.
Saturday afternoon, the Flyers will face a team that is just as bad, record wise, as they are. Both the Edmonton Oilers (4-11-2, 10 points) and Flyers come into Saturday’s contest 3-6-1 in their last ten games. Both teams are struggling to score goals despite great offensive potential. The Oilers have three different players with more than 10 points. The Oilers do rank last in the league in goals allowed per game, so maybe this can be the offensive jumpstart the Flyers need.
Jordan Eberle (3 G, 10 A, 13 pts), Mark Acrobello (2 G, 10 A, 12 pts) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (4 G, 8 A, 12 pts) lead the Oilers in scoring. None of the Flyers scorers has more than ten points. Vincent Lecavalier, Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn share the team lead with seven points each.
While the Flyers lack scoring power, they have the advantage in goaltending. Edmonton’s netminders have struggled this year. Niether Devan Dubnyk nor Jason Labarbera have a save percentage over .900. Between the two of them, Labarbera owns the lowest goal against average with 3.69. Richard Bachman, listed third on the team’s website, has only played in three games but has a 3.02 GAA and a .916 save percentage.
Steve Mason, the team’s lone star this season, will likely get the start this afternoon.
The last time the two teams met was in 2012 when the Oilers blanked the Flyers 2-0. The series between the two teams stands at 36-36-8. The last time the Oilers visited the Wells Fargo Center was March 8, 2011 when the Flyers won 4-1.
Puck drop is at 1:00.