A six-game road trip that started out promising with a shootout win in Nashville ended badly for the Flyers, who lost three straight before returning to Philadelphia Wednesday night.
What’s alarming is that some of the Flyers' best players had some of their worst shifts of the season over those final three games on the trip.
Consider the numbers in the final three games at Dallas, Ottawa and Chicago:
• Claude Giroux was minus-6.
• Scott Hartnell was minus-5.
• Jakub Voracek was minus-6.
• Sean Couturier was minus-5.
• Matt Read was minus-5.
• Steve Downie was minus-5.
• Nick Grossman was minus-6.
• Mark Streit was minus-5.
And the rough numbers don't end there, either. In four of the Flyers' last five games, their opponents scored two or more goals in a span of less than two minutes. Wednesday in Chicago was particularly ugly, as the Blackhawks netted two quick goals in just 29 seconds that seemed to entirely deflate the Flyers.
Just a few days earlier in Dallas, the Flyers allowed two goals in just 1:02. In Detroit on Dec. 4, despite getting the victory, the Flyers coughed up three goals in a span of 1:49. In Minnesota, another loss, the Flyers gave up two goals in 57 seconds.
Offensively, some of the players the Flyers need to up their goal-scoring (especially in the absence of center Vinny Lecavalier) haven't risen to the occasion. Brayden Schenn went goalless on the six-game road trip. Hartnell had just one goal. Giroux and Voracek had just two each.
Upon arriving home, the Flyers found themselves wallowing in 27th in the NHL in goals per game, averaging just 2.23.
One of very few positives to take away from the trip? The team did manage to score first in three consecutive games, hitting the ice with energy that has evaded them for much of the season. Their record over that stretch, however, was 0-2-1.