There are two telling storylines to the Flyers West coast trip that has now concluded after Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.
The first is the difference between last season's trip to California and this season's. The Flyers picked up a crucial win in Los Angeles last year, not a close loss. The Flyers also fought back for a point in Anaheim before losing a shootout.
This season, the Flyers leave with nothing. They also have started the post-Christmas stretch exactly the same as last season, leaving almost no margin for error in the rest of January.