Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell said Thursday that the team would need an "epic ending" to make the playoffs. Days later, the Flyers have an even steeper hill to climb.
After dropping their third straight, the Flyers hope to solve their punchless offense and start making a move to get into postseason position Saturday when they visit a Buffalo Sabres team looking to make a playoff push of its own.
Philadelphia (17-20-3) has been outscored 11-3 during its skid after totaling 18 goals during a season-high four-game winning streak. The slide leaves the Flyers with eight games to try to climb back into position for their sixth straight postseason appearance.
They're in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, seven points back of the final postseason berth. Buffalo (16-19-6) is in 11th and six points behind.
Hartnell indicated a sense of urgency when he spoke before Thursday's game against Ottawa, but Philadelphia was outshot 24-14 in the first two periods ...