Flyers playoff fate in focus on Picture Day

Jakub Voracek and the Flyers have had a disappointing season right from the start. Credit: Getty Images
Jakub Voracek and the Flyers have had a disappointing season right from the start.
Credit: Getty Images

On Team Picture Day, even the most optimistic Flyer would have to admit the playoff picture is not a pretty sight.
But after back-to-back wins over the Canadiens, followed by the Rangers this week (a game in which new goaltender Steve Mason stopped 38 shots), at least they have started to gain ground. The Flyers are within five points of both the Rangers and Winnipeg for the final spot.

Next comes the Devils, who took the first three head-to-head matchups, before the Flyers edged them 2-1 in a shootout last month. At that time the reigning Eastern Conference champs seemed in solid shape leading the Flyers by seven points in the playoff hunt.

Since then Martin Brodeur & Co. has gone 2-12-4. That’s dropped them all the way down to 12th in the East standings, a point behind the Flyers.

Peter Laviolette’s club recently faced two clubs in the middle of five-game losing streaks — the Jets and Senators — and lost to both of them. So tonight they need more of the kind of solid two-way play that marked their performances in Montreal and against the Rangers.

And it wouldn’t hurt if the Rangers came up with a couple of clunkers in their home-and-home with last-place Florida and vs. New Jersey. Meanwhile, Winnipeg’s schedule is tougher with three of their remaining five games at home. But none of this will matter if the Flyers don’t rack up a bunch of points in their final five games.

“We can’t be focusing on that,” said Claude Giroux, who had two assists vs. the Rangers. “We have to be focused on what we have to do every game. Of course we’d love to have help from the other teams, but we just have to win.”

The Flyers head to Carolina Saturday before meeting the Bruins and Islanders here next week, then wrapping up in Ottawa next Saturday. By then a lot will have to go right — much of which is out of their control — for the Flyers to still have something to play for.

On Team Picture Day all the Flyers can do is their part — and simply hope everyone else does theirs to give them a chance.

The Flyers rewarded two of their own

The Orange and Black signed Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill to two-year contract extensions. Rinaldo’s deal is worth a reported $1.50 million; Rosehill’s deal is worth a reported $1.35 million.

Rinaldo played in just 32 games this season and logged 85 penalty minutes. Rosehill was acquired April 1 in a trade with Anaheim. The Flyers host the New Jersey Devils Thursday (7:30 p.m.) at the Wells Fargo Center.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.