VOORHEES— On a Sunday when most of the team would probably rather have been watching football, the Flyers were on the ice knocking into one another along the boards while their coach slammed his stick in front of the bench, demanding more vigor.

“When we’re playing bad hockey, we’re soft,” left wing Scott Hartnell said. “We don’t win any battles. We turn pucks over and things like that. You practice how you play.”

Recently, the Flyers have been playing well.

They’ve gotten points in the standings in six of their last seven games. Only two of those 10 points have come at Wells Fargo Center. The next challenge for the Flyers, who just completed a road trip they deem successful, is to improve their home record.

“It’s really important that we get going here at home and set the tone in our building,” coach Craig Berube said. “It’s our building and we need to come out strong and get some wins here at home. We did a good job on the road here last road trip, but now we’ve got to do a good job here.”

It’s pretty common for teams to get it together on the road, where there are less distractions and more team bonding. With their recent work, the Flyers are halfway to a better record on the road in last year’s lockout-shortened season when they were 8-15-1 away from home.

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