It doesn’t seem like a good sign when the Philadelphia Flyers have another loss.
The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t showing they want to be in the playoffs. They lost both of their weekend games and both held important implications. They were against two Metropolitan Division rivals: the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers loss to the Devils occurred in overtime, a trend that seems to plagues the team. The loss to the Rangers was a result of poor management a lack of solid lines. It seems that losing Sean Couturier and Michael Del Zotto might have been some nails in the Flyers’ playoff hopes. Yet amid the bad there is some silver lining in the clouds. Read about both the good and the bad in your Monday edition of Buzz on the Street.
Sam Carchidi for Philadelphia Inquirer
The Flyers, losers of five of their last six games, are in danger of fading out of the Eastern Conference wild-card hunt unless they make a major turnaround on their five-game road trip. “Our goal is to make the playoffs,” defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said after the Flyers fell to the New York Rangers, 3-1, on Sunday night. “Nothing is going to change until we get there. It’s how we respond now. We have to turn some negatives into positives.”
Once the expected fighting was out of the way, the New York Rangers got another victory against the Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Derek Stepan scored twice in the third period to lead New York to a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday night, the Rangers’ 11th win in the last 12 meetings at home.
Dave Issac for Courier Post
The Flyers are saying all the right things, not admitting defeat in the bigger picture as all the smaller battles continue falling like dominoes. Even though the team has 27 games left and began Monday six points out of a playoff spot, it’s starting to get late for the Flyers to make a push. Their games in hand are now gone for most opponents. They are without Michael Del Zotto, who they turned into their No. 1 defenseman and Sean Couturier, their No. 2 center.
Josh Gold-Smith for The Score
It came down to the wire, but Shayne Gostisbehere’s streak lives on. The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman extended his point streak – which remains a rookie record among blue-liners – to 12 games in a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday night.