ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Flyers' offensive shortcomings continued in a 2-0 loss in Minnesota on Monday night.
"They're a pretty good team; they have a lot of composure with the puck," said captain Claude Giroux after the Flyers slipped to 12-13-2. "It was a good test for us to play this team. I think we played a good game defensively, and [Ray Emery] did a good job of shutting the door a little bit. We just have to have a little more at the other end."
The Flyers had no cycle, little time in the offensive end, and managed 21 shots - most from Milwaukee, or thereabouts.
"Same story as the start of the year; we just need to get more pucks to the net and maybe more traffic and the puck will start going in," Giroux said.
"They're a stingy team over there and they play good defense," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "I knew from the get-go it was going to be a tight game and we had to be patient."
If you're scoring at home, that makes 21 times the Flyers have scored two goals or fewer in 27 games.
In other words, they are in the Metropolitan Division playoff race because of their goaltending and defense.
To be fair, they missed Vinny Lecavalier on Monday. The 33-year-old center was sidelined with back spasms. He leads the Flyers with nine goals.
Without Lecavalier, the Flyers' No. 2 line seemed out of sync. The line of Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and Michael Raffl combined for just two shots - both by Raffl.
"Of course you're going to miss a player like that. He's an elite goal scorer," Berube said.
The Flyers will try to regroup Wednesday in Detroit. They are hoping Lecavalier returns to the lineup.
Breakaways. It was the Flyers' first shutout to the Wild since 2003. . . . The Flyers won 63 percent of the face-offs, and Giroux won 15 of 22 (68 percent). . . . Andrej Meszaros led the Flyers with five shots and Jake Voracek had four.