The five Flyers above - (from left to right) Kimmo Timonen, Jake Voracek, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds - combined to be minus-12 in Thursday's loss to the Ducks. (Photo by Amy Irvin/Flyers Faithful)
The next two games are crucial for the Philadelphia Flyers. Obviously, being on a West Coast trip against three of the best teams in the NHL is a huge test. But the timing for some of these games could not be better.
There was no good time to face the Anaheim Ducks, who handed the Flyers a 5-3 loss on Thursday night. However, it was a poor game from the Flyers top line - Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek and Scott Hartnell were each minus-2 - that may have made a difference.
The Flyers allowed a late first-period goal and a shorthanded goal at no fault to poor defense or bad goaltending. An over-aggressive offensive approach put the defense on its heels. And not only that, but Anaheim's physicality and size ultimately prevailed.
The important thing for the Flyers to remember is the effort they put forth in the loss to the Ducks. The Ducks managed to hold the Flyers off the board, but the chances were there. As they have been all season, Anaheim was simply firing on all cylinders and would not be stopped. The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks are another story.