Philadelphia Flyers Continue to Struggle with Key Pieces

The 2021-22 season is not looking good for the Philadelphia Flyers. COVID-19 continues to plague the team and injuries are a constant threat. The Flyers entered Thursday’s game against the Pittsburg Penguins down nine players. Six of the players in COVID-19 protocol are Jackson Cates and Travis Konecny. Ivan Provorov. Travis Sanheim and Nick Seeler are also among them. The three remaining patients are all out with long-term injuries. They include Ryan Ellis (lower), Sean Couturier(upper), and Nate Thompson (“shoulder).

“Whether it was because we looked at our lineup and didn’t think that we had enough, I’m not sure. To be honest with you, I’m not sure,” Flyers interim head coach Mike Yeo said. “We’ll have a discussion about that tomorrow and try to get to the bottom of it.”

Mike Yeo, Philadelphia FlyersAmy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

“But bottom line is, going forward, we have an opportunity to prove that that’s not us,” Yeo continued. “That’s the situation that we’re in in the season. That’s the situation we were in in the game tonight. That’s how we responded. What are our plans for the future? Obviously, I’m very hopeful that it will be differently.”

Despite the fact that some of their top players are absent, the Flyers are still struggling this season. The Penguins They defeated the FlyersThursday’s game at the Wells Fargo Center was won by 6-2. If they are to be in the playoffs, it is imperative that they change their record quickly.

Flyers Keep Moving Forward Despite Struggles

Philadelphia is currently in a poor spot after four straight losses. Although there are many challenges in replacing the missing players, the team has not been putting its best foot forward every night.

“You have nine, ten guys out, six guys in protocol,” Scott Laughton said after the loss. “It’s a tough league to win that way. It’s a tough league to chase, and we’ve been doing that quite a bit. Be a leader. Try to do your best. That’s pretty much it. I’m not sure what to say. You’ve got to skate and work and try to create energy for your team. It’s a terrible moment. I don’t know what to say.”

Joel Farabee and Scott Laughton meet with the media following Thursday’s loss to the Penguins. #PITvsPHI

Laughton isn’t usually a leader, but when it comes to these situations, someone has to step in. He might not be producing offensively, but he isn’t afraid to speak up about his team’s struggles. Everyone in the lineup should be able to generate energy. But they aren’t doing it right at the moment. 

Yeo: Going down swinging

Things must change quickly if the Flyers are to turn the ship around. While the team believed firing Alain Vigneault would solve the problem, the real issues are far more complex. The team hasn’t had a good season since the beginning, so when should they give up and start over next season?

“We can look at where we’re at right now in the season. We can just sort of accept our fate for the rest of the way and say maybe it’s not our year, bad luck, this and that. And you can do the same thing in a game, or you can fight,” Yeo declared after the loss to the Penguins. “You can determine your own fate, regardless of what the circumstances are. There are going to be times where maybe you don’t get the result that you’re looking for, but you’re going to go down swinging if that’s the case. I didn’t think we did that tonight, so I think that’s the biggest thing that we have to address.”

Adopting a “going down swinging” mentality is what the Flyers need moving forward. It doesn’t matter who is in the lineup or who they are playing, the team should put forward their best effort every night in the second half of the season. There’s still time for the team in 2021-22 to do something. It’s a matter of changing their game for the better. Sometimes, all it takes to get the ball rolling is one event.

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