Following the Game 2 win for the Flyers, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan noted the game was lost for his team through special teams. Game 3 was certainly decided by special teams as well, this time in favor of the Penguins.
A 5-4 shootout loss to the lowly Detroit Red Wings gave the Flyers a deserved result in more ways than one, knocking them from the top three in the Metropolitan Division and back into the wildcard race.
A 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets has the Flyers recent free-fall pressing on, while Columbus' surge puts them on the cusp of overtaking the Flyers in the standings. New Jersey and Florida are all knocking on the door too, as the Flyers spot in the playoffs burns to a crisp.
The Flyers were probably due for a game and result like this, but a new standard has been set for how the Flyers should approach a game and play and the team didn't live up to it in front of the home crowd on this night.
This was very much to type of game the Flyers are looking to have on a nightly basis if their goal is to indeed reach the playoffs, but that didn't mean that a game with so many positives didn't have a few blemishes along the way.
The roster is nearly set as the Flyers head into their season opener on Wednesday night. Nearly. The Flyers have basically narrowed things down, but 24 players still remain on the roster after two weeks of preparation, experimentation and deliberation with the goal of making the playoffs in mind...