Flyers-Wild: Defeat Leaves Philly Playoff Picture Looking Grim

March 25th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Marred by a three-game losing streak, the Philadelphia Flyers playoff picture was starting to get a little blurry.

The Flyers iced a lineup against the Minnesota Wild that was void of their No. 2 centre and top scorer, Jeff Carter, and arguably their most consistent defenseman, Matt Carle.

Add in the fact that the Flyers were dressing their third-string goalie, and there were not a lot of fans of the orange and black that were confident coming into tonight’s match.

For their part, the Wild also had a number of scratches on the night, including defenseman Shane Hnidy and franchise player Mikko Koivu. The Wild have been struggling as of late, going a mediocre 4-5-1 in their past 10 games.

Nobody is suggesting that the Wild are easy prey, but given their struggles and the fact that Koivu was on the sidelines, they were exactly the type of team the Flyers needed to play—a team as thin on players as the Flyers are and a team that struggles to score.

The Flyers came into tonight’s action just one point ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference. Without a doubt, the Flyers will be in a tough position to hold on t ...

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