Flyers/Islanders 3 Storylines: Jesus, let’s resurrect this season

The Flyers have played their worst hockey in recent memory with a tragic 6-10-1 record in March. Coming into March like a lion and limping out like a lamb with a 6-1 loss against Buffalo. 

Yes, the same Sabres who dropped 18 straight took a rubber hose to the fragile Flyers to snap their slump.

It’s low; expectations have dwindled to sub-zero standards, yet the Flyers are actually still in the hunt for a playoff spot. 

Buck up Flyers fans! This team cannot play any worse in April than they just did in March…

Let’s us pray.

Flyers vs. Islanders: Three Storylines

iHart Making Saves

Carter Hart will make his first start in four games on Saturday night after a whomp-whomping 2-6 record in March with a 5.04 GAA.

The 22-year-old has been working through his game in extended practice sessions with goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh. 

No games, just trying to get back to form that made him an NHL goaltender.

If the young netminder was ever going to make a statement, this is the game.  The Islanders posted eight goals on the Capitals on Thursday night, with Matthew Barzal getting a hat trick. 

Just the season on the line…

Is the Hart-stopper ready to get the Flyers back in the mix?

Fresh Legs, Fresh Blood

“Circumstances, not excuses,” was how Coach Alain Vigneault postured the grueling schedule, Covid, Tahoe, no practice, and roster holes that have equated to piss-poor play in March.

Commendable.

While AV may not say it outright, April 1st – 2nd is the first two-day break since February 25th – 26th.  The Flyers are an exhausted team that has been chasing games for 30 days with minimal success. 

The team finally gets a reset to rest and practice. 

Players like Nolan Patrick and Oskar Lindblom will be under the microscope after they did not dress on Wednesday; can they rise to the occasion after an extended “reset”?

Additionally, winger Tanner Laczynski is likely to get his NHL debut after a strong performance with the Phantoms.  He practiced with NAK and Raffl on the fourth line and will provide some new blood and energy to the semi-rested roster.

Haunting the Waiver Wire

There is a Ghost sighting in Voorhees.

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere was put on waivers earlier in the week, not claimed by any of the 30 NHL teams, and healthy scratched on Wednesday night’s 6-1 loss.

The move remains a bang your head into the door mystery, and Ghost remains on the Flyers.

If Ghost doesn’t play like a rabid banshee on Saturday night, he may as well hang it up. 

He has actually played decently for much of the season, especially with Sam Morin, but appears to be out of favor with Chuck Fletcher and AV. Fortunately for Ghost, his replacement, Eric Gustafson, cannot play defense and was exposed by the Sabres. 

Ghost is looking to return and prove to the Flyer’s brass, the 30 teams that passed on him, his teammates, and himself that he is still a player in this league. 

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

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