This week's Future Flyers Report features a two-assist game for a 2014 pick, as well as slow weeks for both affiliates in the Lehigh Valley and Berks County. Find out how your future Flyers fared this week, and what's coming up this weekend.
The playoff push is here. That means intense games, playoff spoilers and of course the trade deadline. A recent trend in the NHL has been teams getting a jump on the deadline. That trend continues this season as this week saw multiple deals before Monday's deadline.
There are 20 games remaining in the Flyers season starting on Saturday. They sit four points out of a playoff spot. And yet, as Thursday's game came to a close - a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs - it felt as if the playoff hopes finally perished.
The Flyers incredibly successful weekend against Nashville and Washington has been sandwiched by five losses to Columbus, Buffalo, Carolina and now Toronto.
In the beginning, it was admirable - the Flyers were consistently gaining points, even if it was in overtime losses to the Blue Jackets or shootout losses to the Sabres.
This loss, the Flyers third in regulation to a clearly inferior team, may be the final straw.
The effort was there. The Flyers dictated play for most of the night. Jonathan Bernier played like the number one goaltender the Leafs envisioned him to be. Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Dion Phanuef all scored and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Thursday night.