Only five games remain in this lockout-shortened regular season for the Philadelphia Flyers. These five games serve as a tryout period for players to show why they should or shouldn't stay beyond next season. Some players have already been written off, as it may not make much sense to keep for the future.
Many difficult decisions have to be made this summer, including players that have had extended stints as Flyers.
It's going to be a longer off season for the Flyers than they're used to.
Among the topics heading into the off season is the job security of head coach Peter Laviolette. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren reassured the safety of his head coach.
Via Sam Carchidi's article this morning:
"I haven't even thought along those lines," Holmgren told The Inquirer in a phone conversation. "I think it's been a difficult year because of the situation. We haven't had our whole team all year. I don't blame the coaches.
After dropping a 3-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, they find themselves seven points back of the final playoff spot with eight games to go, needing a bevy of extremely unlikely circumstances to occur for them to even slide into the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We have a game coming up," head coach Peter Laviolette said after the loss. "We need to win hockey games and focus on the next one."
That may be the only thing the Flyers can do—just try to win with what they have.
(Pictured: Claude Giroux during warm-ups. Photo by Candice Monhollan)
The Flyers found out today that the season's of Andrej Meszaros and Braydon Coburn are officially over.
Meszaros, who injured his shoulder for the second time this season, will have season-ending surgery on April 2 to repair a torn rotator cuff. Coburn will also sit out the rest of the season with a shoulder separation.
The Flyers have also been without Nicklas Grossmann for the last three games.
For the second straight time the Flyers just couldn't hold a lead against the Penguins.
With 2:27 left in the over time period, Tyler Kennedy buried a wrister passed Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Penguins a 2-1 win. They rallied at the end of regulation to win their 12th straight game, stealing two points and a wash away an incredible effort by Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bryzgalov and Marc-Andre Fleury both put on a clinic, keeping the game scoreless through the first half of the game.
With 7:21 left on the clock in the second period the Flyers finally got their first power play opportunity. And with 5:51 left, Claude Giroux found the net to score the game's first goal.
(Pictured: Tyler Kennedy celebrates with Matt Niskanen after scoring the game-winner. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
The Flyers knew exactly what they needed to do if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes at a manageable level.
They didn't execute though, and it was seen clearly in their 5-2 loss to New Jersey. They were docked with seven giveaways in the loss, leading to some quick first period goals that put them in an early, insurmountable hole.
An Andrej Meszaros give away behind the net gave the Devils their first goal of the game.
Meszaros coughed up the puck to the slot and Adam Henrique put a shot on net. Patrik Elias intercepted the shot in front of Ilya Bryzgalov and beat the netminder backhanded to put New Jersey up, 1-0.
(Pictured: Devils goalie Johan Hedberg makes a save. Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)