Why the Long Road Test Will Make or Break the Philadelphia Flyers 2014-15 Season

November 27th, 2014 by Brad Kurtzberg Leave a reply »

The Philadelphia Flyers have struggled to find consistency this season and have a mediocre 8-10-3 record through 21 games.

Now, the Flyers approach a critical juncture in their schedule. Seven of their next eight games are on the road. After that, the club has a four-game home stand and then another eight straight road contests. That means that the Flyers have started a string where 15-of-20 games will be played away from the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center.

Thus far, Philadelphia's road record is just 2-7-1. If they continue to play at that pace, their playoff chances could be all but over by the time this 20-game swing concludes January 3 in New Jersey.

The road trip is not off to a stellar start. The Flyers lost in a shootout Monday to the New York Islanders and the fell to the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Wednesday.

There are a number of things the Flyers need to do to turn their fortunes around before it's too late.

First, the team's overall defense needs to improve. As of Thanksgiving morning, the Flyers rank 26th in the NHL with an average of 32.7 shots allowed per game, and are only ...

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