Breaking down the Flyers’ reliance on dump-and-chase, injuries and the coaching staff: Mailbag


A demanding schedule. The renewed absences of both Ryan Ellis and Kevin Hayes. A toothless offense. A group of skaters consistently getting outshot and outchanced at even strength on a nightly basis. It seemed like the formula for a rough Thanksgiving week.

And that’s exactly what it proved to be.

The Philadelphia Flyers picked up just one standings point — via their overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday — in three games this week, as their losing streak stretched to five games. Yes, all three teams were high-end opponents: the Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes all certainly qualify as such. But the Metropolitan Division is unforgiving, and regardless of competition, losses are still losses.

Now, in terms of raw win/loss record, the Flyers have two more defeats (10) than victories (eight). Add in the losing streak, and it’s little surprise that Flyers fans are getting concerned. In other words, it’s a perfect time for a November edition of our Flyers mailbag. Fans are concerned about their team’s style of play, the continued injuries throughout the organization, the recent play of key offseason acquisitions — and of course, the coaching staff.

Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and style.

Hey Charlie. Why do the Flyers seem to constantly dump the puck in on the rush? I feel like I rarely see a controlled entry these days.



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