In the last eight meaningful home games in South Philly, the Flyers are 2-6-0. Their pair of wins saw them blow a three-goal lead to the Florida Panthers before winning in a shootout, of all things, followed by an actually convincing 5-2 victory over the Devils on Saturday, preceding Monday night’s latest debacle.
The six losses? Back-to-back 5-1 and 5-0 losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins to fall down 3-1 in their opening round playoff series. How did they follow that up? With an opportunity to tie the series at three and force a game seven against their Keystone State rivals who’d won the previous two Stanley Cups, the Flyers blew a 4-2 lead, surrendered five consecutive goals and got sent home without a playoff series victory for the sixth consecutive season.
Fast forward to this year, where they were blown out by the San Jose Sharks on opening night, 8-2, then followed that up with a “structurally sound” 1-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Then, of course, last night’s 4-1 loss.
Sure, the Flyers won the shot battle. But if 17 of those 38 shots (roughly 45%) were fired by defensemen, how many quality scoring chances did they actually produce? Conversely, only one-third of Colorado’s 33 shots were fired by blue-liners. Surprised the Avalanche converted on a higher percentage? Me neither.
Listen to Bill voice his frustration and talk through it on the BSH Radio Facebook Live postgame.