Two fading teams - the Flyers and Hurricanes - will meet Saturday night in Carolina.
The Flyers, who have lost seven of their last eight games and are fighting for a playoff spot, will try to regroup Saturday night when they face the Hurricanes in Carolina.
As the regular season winds down and the Stanley Cup playoffs approach, it's hard - no, downright impossible - to get a handle on the enigmatic Flyers.
Parity is such a factor in the NHL that winning "at the margins" in areas such as faceoffs can be the difference.
Lyon stepped into his latest mess Thursday after four of Columbus's first 10 shots found the net behind starter Petr Mrazek. Momentum changed.
The Flyers fell to Columbus, 5-3, and lost for the seventh time in their last eight games.
Heading into Thursday, the Flyers were the lone NHL team in a playoff spot that had more losses than wins on home ice.
Can the Flyers show resiliency in the season's last 12 games? We'll see Thursday if they can bounce back from a crushing late defeat as they host surging Columbus.
The Blue Jackets are on a 5-game winning streak, closing the once double-digit gap the Flyers held just a couple of weeks ago to two points.
Several Flyers are in long scoring droughts, contributing to their latest skid. They will try to bounce back Thursday in a key game against visiting Columbus.
It's convenient and misleading to pin this on a sudden slump. Yes, this team had a remarkable 10-0-2 streak in March, but towards its end, the errors that are proving toxic against a string of much better teams were often masked by the competition they sometimes played down to.
The Flyers dropped their second heartbreaker in their last three games, falling to visiting Vegas, 3-2, on a late goal.
Flyers winger Matt Read, 31, recently promoted from the Phantoms, is getting a chance to show he can still play in the NHL.