The Flyers waste a big chance to bank some points against a lesser team

The Flyers wasted a big chance to bank some points against a lesser team on Thursday.
Philadelphia Flyers v Montreal Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers v Montreal Canadiens / Minas Panagiotakis/GettyImages

The Philadelphia Flyers need to keep racking up points. They are holding the third spot in the Metropolitan Division but there isn’t much of a gap between them and the first team below the playoff line. 

They just got through a gauntlet portion of their schedule where they played six straight games against elite teams. They did okay but they had to feel good about playing a team below them in the standings for the first time in a while. 

The Montreal Canadiens are one of the worst teams in the NHL but they showed why there are no easy nights in the NHL on Thursday. Montreal took down Philadelphia 4-1 at the Bell Center. 

The Habs now split the season series with the Flyers. Game three will be on April 8th. It will be another big chance for the Flyers to snag two points. By then, the points maybe even more important to them.

The Philadelphia Flyers needed to win the game against the Montreal Canadiens

Now, they have to wait a few days before their next game and just hope that the out-of-town scoreboard helps them in the meantime. It is starting to seem like this is going to come down to the wire for John Tortorella’s steam. 

This team wasn’t even expected to be in the mix coming into the year. I’m fact, most people thought they’d be in the Maclin Celebrini sweepstakes right now but they are far from that bad. Although things are tough right now, it is better than being a bottom feeder. 

One positive takeaway from the loss is the fact that Owen Tippett scored again. This was his 27th goal of the season and it gave the Flyers a glimmer of home. He is only 3 away from reaching that 30 plateau that so many strive to achieve. He is proving that he will be a big part of their future. 

The Flyers' next game will come on Saturday night when they host Connor Bedard and the Chicago Blackhawks. As they learned against the Habs, they need to take the Hawks seriously or they are in big trouble. It is gut-check time in Philly.