There were few peaks, many valleys. More lulls than highs.

When yet another Flyers defeat, this one 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs, came to pass Monday night at Wells Fargo Center, so did the realization this team might not make the playoffs.

“We’re not going to make the playoffs if we keep playing like this,” Scott Hartnell said. “We talked about it after the game.

“If we don’t learn fast, as in Wednesday night [against Washington], it’s going to be a long season.”

The sense of urgency to play all 60 minutes like the final half of the last period simply hasn’t been there for far too many games this season as the Flyers failed for the sixth time to reach .500.

“Guys have to realize, every point counts,” Hartnell said. “Game 20 or Game 30. We have to wake it up.”

Toronto, seeded seventh, now has 24 points to the ninth-seeded Flyers' 19, who fell to 1-2 on this vital homestand.

This is a five-game stretch where Peter Laviolette’s club is playing some of the children of a lesser god in the Eastern Conference – not Pittsburgh, Boston, or Montreal.