Taylor Leier knew last game that he wouldn’t be part of the penalty kill. From the first offensive pair to not included at all, it was a surprising move from the outside looking in. Now the winger won’t even play Monday at all. With the Flyers in a seven-game losing streak, they’re looking to the veterans to get them out of a jam. “It’s a long year,” Leier said. “I’m a rookie and not that that means anything, but when you go into losing streaks like this, you try to mix things up and see if something else works. We’ve had success earlier in the year on our penalty kill, but it’s a long year and things change. It is what it is. Whatever situation it is for all the forwards, as long as we’re winning everyone’s fine with it. We’ve got to find a way to win. That’s the bottom line.” Leier and Jordan Weal will come out of the lineup for Jori Lehtera and Dale Weise. There have been so many mistakes made by the guys in orange and black uniforms that it would be way too easy to lay the blame on those two players, or even younger players in general. “I think it’s been all over the board,” alternate captain Wayne Simmonds said. “There’s been some veteran guys making mistakes — I’ve made a couple myself — and some of the younger guys are making mistakes. We can’t start putting blame. That’s where things start falling apart. You can’t blame anyone. Everyone’s been making mistakes in this dressing room from the younger guys to the old guys and the old guys should know better. We gotta keep our heads up, stay positive and stay within what we can control and play better hockey.” The Flyers are in a slide where they’ve lost seven straight games, the most they’ve lost consecutively since a 10-game drought in February 2008. In the most recent span, the Flyers have lost five of the seven by one goal and a 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild is a little skewed by two goals being on an empty net. It means that the Flyers are maddeningly close to winning games and still can’t get the job done. Even when they have a two-goal lead in the third period, as was the case Friday against the New York Islanders, they have faltered.
With Flyers in trouble, Dave Hakstol turns to veterans
Courier-Post | Nov 27