The Flyers have picked a bad time to revert to their early-season form.
By losing four straight games – and five of their last six games – they fell from them the No. 5 playoff slot in the Eastern Conference to outside the bracket.
After hosting the Red Wings Tuesday, they hit the road for perilous games at Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose. If they don’t get their act together soon, they could fall well off the postseason pace.
Here are some signs of trouble:
- The Flyers allowed 37 goals in their last nine games.
- Goaltender Steve Mason has gotten an early hook twice in his last three starts.
- Overrall they have been shorthanded 215 this season, most in the NHL
Coach Craig Berube is concerned about the state of his team, but not panicked.
“You lose a few games and you get fragile," Berube told reporters after a 6-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. "Right now, our team is a fragile team out there. That’s what I see. But we can correct that and get going the right direction again.
“I don’t know why it happens. It shouldn’t. We’re a good hockey team. You’re going to go through stretches where good teams lose two [or] three in a row. They all do.
“It’s not bad habits. It’s a confidence thing, where we look like we don’t want the puck. The support and team play is not there. To me, when that happens, it’s confidence. I’ve seen it my whole career.”
Flyers captain Claude Giroux didn't mince words after the Bruins fiasco.
“It has to be the most embarrassing game I’ve been involved with," he told reporters. "We didn’t win any battles, we didn’t play as a team. Defensively, I think they were just moving the puck around us. We’ve got to do a better job of working and winning those battles. That’s what we’ve got to get better at.
“We know what to do. We know how to play. Nobody has to say anything. You just have to go out there and play and do the right things out there. I think the little details were a big factor.”