Thanks in part to their offensive shortcomings, the Philadelphia Flyers are already enduring their second three-game slide of the season.
Opening their first lengthy homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes would seem to be exactly what they need.
The Flyers try to snap out of their scoring funk and avoid their first four-game skid in two seasons by continuing their dominance of the Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Philadelphia (2-6-0) tied Boston for second in the NHL with 260 goals last season, but the Flyers aren't replicating that production in 2012-13. They're unexpectedly among the worst offensive teams with 16 goals and nearly half of that came in a 7-1 win at Florida last Saturday in the opener of a four-game trip. Matt Read had his first career hat trick against the Panthers, and that's all he's needed to lead the team on the season.
Philadelphia has found the net just four more times while losing the remaining three games of that trip, capped by Friday...