On Thursday night, Wells Fargo Center was so quiet Ilya Bryzgalov could’ve slept in the net. Yes, this season is so sad, so disappointing, so forgettable there is nothing else to do but rehash bad jokes. But this isn’t a joke: The Flyers aren’t going to make the playoffs. Sure, sounds like a joke though. Doesn’t every team make the playoffs in the NHL? And, remember, the Flyers beat the Penguins — the favorites to win the Stanley Cup last season — in the first round of the playoffs. They beat mighty Pittsburgh with their fists and on the scoreboard with a young core and a new goalie. There was nowhere to go but up this season. So, not to make the playoffs this is simply underachieving. Who deserves more of the blame — the players or coach Peter Laviolette? This is the predominant question once the season is officially over. The answer will shape next year’s team. From here, it doesn’t look good for Lavy. And, it shouldn’t. No, the Flyers aren’t mathematically eliminated, but down seven points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Division with just eight games remaining, they likely would have to win them all to play for the Stanley Cup. For a team that has just one winning streak of four games, there is a better chance the old Spectrum will be resurrected. The Flyers are still in the business of winning, but just for the other team now. Ottawa came to town on the heels of five straight losses. The Senators left with a 3-1 win. Winnipeg also snapped a five-game losing streak against the Flyers in its previous home game just five days earlier, winning 4-1. The Flyers are not only losing now, but they are losing to struggling teams. The Flyers are a bad team.
For Flyers, the blame game will soon begin
Courier-Post | Apr 12