A year ago, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren made the bold prediction that the Flyers would win the 2016 Stanley Cup, and the franchise has made no shortage of lofty statements in its pursuit of the crown.
The Flyers were one of five franchises in the NHL that finished in the top five in points in 2016-17, and now they’re one of just five teams in the league that finished last.
The Flyers finished in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and tied for seventh in the Atlantic Division.
The club is now in the middle of its fifth-year playoff drought, with five of the past six postseason trips ending in a loss, and its streak of two consecutive conference finals is now at three.
That record is currently tied for the fourth longest in the history of the NHL.
The Philadelphia Flyers have won seven of their past eight games and are now within one win of tying the franchise record for most playoff victories in a season.
The team also won eight of 10 in the regular season, including the final three games of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals.
It has been a difficult stretch for the Flyers, who are coming off their worst-ever start to the season and have played the most games in franchise history since the 2006-07 season.
The team has lost eight of its past nine games and now sits one win behind the NHL’s longest playoff drought of 20 years, which is currently in place for the second straight season.
That record stands at 20 games, and Holmgre was asked about the team’s struggles this season.
“It’s tough because the team has been battling through it.
We’ve been in this situation where we’re battling through a lot, and it’s been tough,” Holmgreen said.
“We haven’t been able to get any traction.
We need to come out of this slump better.
We’re going to have to come back out of it better than we were last year.”
The Flyers will face a tough test against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
It’s the third meeting between the teams this season, with the Flyers coming into the series trailing the Blue Jackets by four points in the series.
The teams split the first four games, but the Blue Crew defeated the Flyers 4-1 on Jan. 31, 2016 in Philadelphia.