At the time, finding positives amid a 10-game losing streak seemed ridiculous.

Last season, the Flyers were rallying around the fact that they were gaining points by taking five of those games to overtime and as it turned out at the end of the regular season, they needed every one of them to sneak into the playoffs.

“…but that didn’t feel as bad as it is right now,” defenseman Radko Gudas said, “and it’s going to take a lot to get out of it.”

When that streak ended last season, they were eight points out of a playoff spot. The Flyers then reeled off six wins, cutting that deficit in half with 50 games to go to make up the other four points. They got some help because other teams in their division lost.

That hasn’t happened this season as the losing streak hit eight Tuesday night with a 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. The Flyers were eight points out of a playoff spot when Scott Gordon took over for Dave Hakstol on Dec. 17. After starting 3-1-1 with Gordon behind the bench, the team hadn’t gained any ground. The Flyers woke up Wednesday 15 points out of a playoff spot, too insurmountable to even acknowledge as a big-picture goal with 39 games left.