Flyers: It’s do or die hockey for Orange and Black
The Flyers are putting a new twist to the phrase, “Win one, lose one.”
It seems each time they win a game or seem to be making up ground in the East’s crowded playoff picture, they lose a player.
Penalty-killing specialist Max Talbot is the latest to go down, breaking his left leg in a collision along the boards in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Caps. He’s most likely out for the season, barring an expected, deep playoff run.
Talbot joins a M*A*S*H unit that already included defensemen Niklas Grossman (upper body injury), Braydon Coburn (separated shoulder), Andrej Meszaros (torn rotator cuff) and forward Danny Briere (concussion).
GM Paul Holmgren has been working the phones in anticipation of Wednesday’s trade deadline. He’s already bolstered the lineup by picking up defenseman Kent Huskins from Detroit and trading Harry Zolnierczyk to Anaheim for enforcer Jay Rosehill.
Whether anything else develops — San Jose’s impending free agent winger Ryan Clowe is reportedly highest on their wish list — Peter Laviolette’s club knows it still has work to do.
“We’re feeling good where we are,” said Scott Hartnell. “Our play’s been better the last two games. I think it’s do or die right now. But it’s fun hockey because it’s such a close race.”