Flyers goalie Brian Elliott will be out for approximately two weeks with a lower-body injury, GM Ron Hextall announced on Friday. Alex Lyon was recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to take his place. Cal Pickard will serve as the starter.
It's a game where the scoreboard doesn't tell the whole story. The Flyers 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night was much closer than the final score. That said, it was also a game that could be summed up in three words: That's. So. Flyers.
For the Flyers, it's a game that should serve as a lesson. They did not play well in the second period, certainly not well enough to put any pressure on the opposing goalie through 40 minutes. The 20-minute push in the third was great, but it was too little, too late on this night.
The top line took care of the offense, with Sean Couturier scoring twice and Claude Giroux scoring a goal and adding two assists, and Brian Elliott had his best game in net this season. That led the Flyers to a third straight win and fifth in the last six games, continuing their recent surge.
Some typical flaws showed up again on Thursday night and nearly cost the Flyers two points. Instead, a frantic rally and another game-winner in overtime from Ghost earned two points in a wild win over the Arizona Coyotes.
The 3-0-1 record on the trip buys more time for a team that needed to either turn it around quickly or face changes. But this is only the beginning for the Flyers, who can't be satisfied with the results of one road trip and have more work ahead of them.
More than any specific aspect of the game, slow starts have been a consistent problem for the Flyers and not just this season. In fact, the numbers under the Flyers' current regime of Ron Hextall, Dave Hakstol and all the players of this core show that it's a trend.
On nights like these, you see that the Flyers have a work issue. It's selective, turned on and off like a switch. It's a big reason the team is as inconsistent as it gets. That's a team-wide problem from coaching to players that will get them in trouble in the standings fast.