Flyers would like to hit ‘reset’ button
Excuse the Flyers if they probably feel like petitioning the NHL to kindly hit the “reset” button on the start of the season.
For the second straight season _ and just the fourth time since the franchise started in 1967-68 _ the Flyers have opened with three consecutive losses.
They dropped a 2-1 decision Sunday evening to the host Carolina Hurricanes, a team projected to finish toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers play host to Florida on Tuesday and will try to avoid their first 0-4 start in their history.
In three games, the Flyers have scored a total of three goals. Asked if he thought his forwards were pressing, coach Peter Laviolette was curt.
“Could be,” he said.
The Flyers were outshot, 34-18, and managed just three third-period shots.
If this pace continues, it’s fair to wonder how patient general manager Paul Holmgren will be with Laviolette, especially since the Flyers are coming off a year in which they missed the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 seasons.