A late-game push by the Flyers last Thursday night could not end with their 9th consecutive win after a disappointing 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings, but it instead created a new streak.
On Saturday, the Flyers were able to capitalize on a struggling Anaheim team at home and now have a 10 game point streak that is keeping them alive in the playoff hunt.
During this exciting time as a Flyers fan, it is important to note a few key players who have been able to bring excitement back to this season in Philadelphia.
Carter Hart continues to shine in his rookie year in Philadelphia and has been able to keep the Flyers on a winning path. Hart now has 8 consecutive wins in goal, tying Jocelyn Thibault for the longest win streak before his 21st birthday, the only two to do so. Since joining the team this year, Hart has an 11-5 record, a 2.45 GAA, and a .945 save percentage. He has been recognized as the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January and continues to rack up the accolades. Against Anaheim, Hart started early and turned away the Ducks leading to the Flyers’ scoring opportunities and a 4-0 lead after the first period. Carter’s strong performance is key to the rest of this season and will be put to the test Monday night in Philly against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.
After a worrying start to this season, it looks as if the much anticipated Sean Couturier is back. Sean Couturier had a 3-point game (1g-2a) against Anaheim Saturday with an early goal in the first period. He finished as the first star of the game. Couturier has also been a consistent player throughout the streak and now has netted a goal in four consecutive games for the Flyers. Sean is also rolling with a six-game point streak and already has 23 goals this season to last season’s 31. The chemistry between Couturier and his linemates has been clicking lately, and the Flyers look to have him continue his hot streak for the rest of the season.
Nolan Patrick is a name that has not been mentioned much until late. However, thanks to him, the Flyers have been able to win some clutch games recently. During Patrick’s recent surge, he was even able to net a game winning goal in OT against the Edmonton Oilers on February 2nd, game 7 of the original 8 game win streak. After he was unable to seal the win in regulation, he came out fired up in OT to seal the deal. Patrick was also able to score a goal in the 6-2 duck hunt against Anaheim Saturday. He is working with 11 goals this season hoping to easily pass last season’s 13 goals.
Many players have stepped up recently to get the Flyers in the playoff hunt again, but there is still so much to be done.
On February 4th, after their win against the Vancouver Canucks, the Philadelphia Flyers won their 2,000th franchise win. The Flyers are now the second-fastest team to reach 2,000 wins and the only expansion-era team outside the original six to do so.
Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher also announced the team has recalled defenseman Philippe Myers from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and placed Corban Knight on waivers. The Flyers have also recalled defenseman Justin Bailey from the Phantoms on Sunday for the first time since their trade with the Buffalo Sabres, where they swapped the Phantoms’ Taylor Leier for the Sabres’ Justin Bailey.
Fletcher also announced that they have traded forward Dale Weise and defenseman Christian Folin to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman David Schlemko and forward Byron Froese.
Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers look to add to their point streak when the rival Pittsburgh Penguins come to town. The Penguins currently hold the second wild card spot in the playoff picture and are only six points ahead of the Flyers, so this game holds importance for a team looking to make their push to the postseason. This game will also be a sneak-peak of the Stadium Series outdoor game at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, February 23.