Flyers/Caps 3 Storylines: Slightly Petrified…

The Flyers went FULL-Flyers on Sunday by dropping one to the dismal Sabres 5-3. 

Multiple blown leads, three-plus minutes of complete collapse, and veterans making rookie mistakes. Turns out that is not a formula to beat the worst team in the NHL.

So, are the Flyers now the worst team in the NHL after losing three-times to the Sabres?

Arguments can be made…

There is a still a month left in this disappointment of a season. The schedule doesn’t get any easier as the Capitals crushed the Bruins 8-1 on Sunday.

HERE ARE YOUR FLYERS/CAPITALS 3 STORYLINES:

Deadline Decompression

The trade deadline has past and the Flyers lightened the bench. Erik Gustafsson heading to Montreal, and seven-year workhorse Michael Raffl getting a shot with Washington. 

GM Chuck Fletcher did make one significant move in signing Scott Laughton to a three-year deal.  PSB’s beloved “Murder Face” can continue to grind the bottom-six for the Flyers bringing rare grit, physicality, and creepiness all in one package that fits in Philly.

With Laughton’s future determined and the remainder of the active roster in-tact, could there be a sense of relief amongst the team that translates on the ice? 

Grasping at straws. 

The weight, of the trade deadline.

Zero expectations for this team.

Every player now playing for a role heading into a shake-up off-season.

Could give the Flyers the extra energy jolt heading into Tuesday night?

Bring in the Big Man

Sam Morin has been a nice jolt of size, energy, and physicality in April. 

He was scratched on Sunday and all hell broke loose.

He and Shayne Gostisbehere have been paired very well together as the 3D.  Neither is a complete player, but they complement each other’s skill set very well. Sometimes the skill sets need to match to bring the best out in a player; we saw it last year with Matt Niskanen and Ivan Provorov.

Washington is a big physical team with players like Tom Wilson, Anthony Mantha, Brendan Dillion, and Big Z all 6’4” or taller. 

The Flyers have gentle Phil Myers and the ever-winded Kevin Hayes who have the size but not the grit.

The only player on the Flyers roster with the size AND physicality to combat the Capitals is Big Sam who should be making a nasty return to the ice on Tuesday.

No-Nolan?

It had been reported that GM Chuck Fletcher was shopping former 2nd overall pick Nolan Patrick hard in the days/weeks leading up to the deadline.

No takers.

Was Fletcher playing Nolan to inflate his trade value? 

Patrick certainly hasn’t played like an NHL-caliber player this season.  Now that the deadline has passed and Taxi-squadder Tanner Laczynski seems to be getting the nod, will Patrick get the hook from the lineup on Tuesday night?

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