Philadelphia Flyers Must Rebound Now to Keep Hopes Alive

Flyers Claude Giroux and Rangers Keith Yandle battle for a puck on Feb. 6. (Cameron Resnick/The Sports Journal)

The Philadelphia Flyers are not off to a good second half of the season. They have now dropped three straight, and going into Thursday’s matchup against the Sabres, they need to either rebound, or fail to make the playoffs again.

Though this past weekend has been rough for the guys in orange, with two goalies injured and some of their big-name players absent, the team has put up a combination of strong efforts and poor, unacceptable performances.

Despite the team’s recent woes, general manager Ron Hextall maintains full faith in head coach Dave Hakstol.

“[Hakstol] has done a good job managing practices,” Hextall said. “Managing guys’ energy and doing what he has to do to keep the guys as fresh as possible.”

Energy is something that this team needs going into their second-half push. The team is struggling and has faced many issues, including dealing with injuries. Their biggest loss is Sean Courtier, who is out with an ankle sprain. With him sidelined, it looks like the Flyers’ poor performance has headed even more downward. They are 2-8-2 without him and sit seventh in the Metropolitan Division.

However, they can survive without one of their top players in the lineup. Sam Gagner has drawn in to help out in any way that he can, and names like Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek need to start showing up for the team.

In all, Hextall believes the team has the potential to succeed, but that’s on their shoulders. It’s completely up to them to show up and play.

“I think we have some skill that needs to step up,” Hextall told the media. “I think the league is tight. If you slip a bit, you’re going to lose, and if you elevate a little bit, you’re going to win. It’s that close.”

As Philadelphia works toward its push, let’s see if it’s not too close for comfort.

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