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Flyers experience deja vu in shutout loss

Dec 3, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding, right, stops a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) AP

If you were a Philadelphia Flyers fan looking to dismiss last night’s 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild, you would have grounds to do so.

Philadelphia was without forward Vincent Lecavalier and facing one of this season’s top goaltenders in Josh Harding. At the same time, just 21 shots even reached Harding last night.

“Same story as the start of the year; we just need to get more pucks to the net and maybe more traffic and the puck will start going in,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Their early offensive struggles put them in an 4-10-1 hole that they spent most of November trying to climb out of. They’re in a far better position now, but the Flyers have managed just seven goals in regulation in their last five games. They also still rank near the bottom of the league in goals per contest this season.

The silver lining is that Philadelphia’s goaltending has been superb and they are in the thick of the battle for a postseason spot, albeit partially because the Metropolitan Division has been anemic.

The Flyers are heading to Detroit next for a match on Wednesday (8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN). Philadelphia might have Lecavalier back in time for that match and they could certainly use all the offensive help they can get right now.

  1. kastout11 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    No Zetterberg, no Datsyuk, Philly needs this one.

  2. ibieiniid - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I’m not willing to blame it on Lecav being out either. The Flyers had some good chances, some good shots on net (you may have seen the Harding save after a good Flyers play, and G hit the post on a rocket), but just couldn’t finish. I REALLY think they need somebody to teach them how to shoot. How many times can you streak into the zone, and shoot the puck wide far side so that it bounces back into your own zone? At least teach them to aim short side and look for the board rebound.

    Speaking of which, I thought the Wild were about to start exploiting Emery’s inability to move side to side. They had two opportunities right in a row to finish a board rebound with Emery on the other side of the net…. coulda sworn I heard Yeo’s gears turning after that. Didn’t see another try at it the rest of the game. Hopefully Jeff Reese saw what I saw and lets Emery know he’s hanging those out for the other team. He’d be well advised to take the advice Mason did this year and play a bit deeper in the net when the puck’s set up in the zone.

  3. zta7991 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I didn’t see the game last night (due to work) but from the sounds of all of the articles and hype i would of neen screaming at the tv…lets get back at it and beat Detroit tomorrow

    • ibieiniid - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      it wasn’t even THAT bad of a game, as far as shutouts go. Harding was on, the Flyers offense was off, simple as that. Wild were just throwing wrenches into our neutral zone gears all night. plus, I’m not too keen on Raffl…. yet. I know he’s new in N.America, but I’d rather them play McGinn right now, let Hall move on up with Simmonds, scoot Schenn over, and run that 3rd line as the 2nd line. Simmonds has the drive of a champion but the effectiveness of pre-wiped toilet paper right now.

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