There are few things in life that bring as much joy as seeing the Philadelphia Flyers implode to an 0-3 start. Well, unless you happen to be a fan of the orange and black brigade. Then it’s downright scary.
The Flyers have always been a polarizing outfit. In the 1970s they brawled their way to a pair of Stanley Cups. And they’ve been a force to be reckoned with in every decade since. The Flyers have appeared in five Stanley Cup finals since last winning it all in 1975. If you don’t bleed orange, then chances are you detest the Philadelphia Flyers. There’s no middle ground here. It’s hard to conjure up warm feelings for a franchise whose fans have been known to boo Santa Claus.
Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils was the Flyers third in a row to start the season. They’ve led for just 10:57 of the 180 minutes they’ve played. And somewhat surprisingly, It marks the first time since 1994-95 (also a lockout-shortened season) that Philly has started 0-3.
On Sunday, the Flyers travelled to Buffalo and were promptly dismantled 5-2 by the Sabres. A day earlier, the Pittsburgh Penguins tripped them up 3-1. The goaltending and defence has been dreadful. The offence, however, has been pretty ineffective as well. The Flyers have scored just three goals in their first three contests. During a span in which goaltending around the league has looked shaky, the Flyers can’t seem to buy a goal.
So where do they go from here? Well, Philly will host the Rangers on Thursday before embarking on a four-game road trip to Florida, Tampa Bay, the Rangers and Washington. With a tough schedule like that, things could do from bad to worse in a hurry, much to delight of the anti-Philly crowd.