The Flyers’ offense is in a rut.
Oh, they are still second in the NHL, averaging 3.22 goals per game.
But they have scored two goals or fewer in four of their last six games, including Thursday’s 3-2 defeat to visiting Toronto.
Their lackluster offense has played a major role in a recent tailspin, one that has produced just seven wins in 13 games since the all-star break.
Since the all-star break, the Flyers have not scored more than three goals in regulation (excluding empty-netters) during any of their 13 games. They have not scored more than three regulation goals since a 5-2 win over Montreal on Jan. 25, their final game before the break.
In other words, the mini-vacation wasn’t good for the Flyers.
Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux have been the Flyers’ only consistent offensive performers lately, though James van Riemsdyk and Kris Versteeg have had some good moments.
Several players, however, have to pick up the slack. Here are recent numbers compiled by some of their top-9 forwards:
- Andreas Nodl _ one goal in his last 25 games.
- Mike Richards _ two goals in his last 15 games.
- Scott Hartnell _ two goals in his last 14 games.
- Ville Leino _ three goals in his last 17 games.
- Nik Zherdev _ one goal in his last 13 games.
- Danny Briere _ two goals in his last 13 games.
If the Flyers don’t pick up their scoring, they will soon be looking up at a team or two in the Eastern Conference. After Thursday’s loss, the Flyers’ lead was trimmed to three points by second-place Boston.
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Darroll Powe and Dan Carcillo, each of whom missed Thursday's game with the flu, returned to practice Friday. Carter, who also sat out Thursday with the flu, was not at practice Friday because of the death of his grandfatrher.
Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin said all the team's players had flu shots, but noted they weren't protected from certain strains.
Carter returned to Canada, but is "possible" for Saturday against Buffalo, GM Paul Holmgren said.
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