The Flyers, who dropped a 2-1 shootout decision Thursday to visiting Florida, have played solid defense in the last six games, but at the expense of their offense.
They aren't creating nearly enough scoring chances, aren't getting many dangerous shots. And they are making too many passes coming out of their defensive end, which is not a good way to jump-start the offense.
Maybe defenseman Michael Del Zotto can help.
Del Zotto has been a healthy scratch the last four games, and the Flyers miss his puck-carrying ability. They need another defenseman who can carry the puck out of their zone with speed and start the attack.
It seems a good time to re-insert Del Zotto in place of stay-at-home defenseman Nick Schultz, who has done a good job but doesn't have the puck-carrying skills of MDZ.
The Flyers have allowed a total of just nine goals in the last six games, excluding empty-net tallies. For that reason, coach Craig Berube _ whose team is 3-1-2 in that span _ may not want to make a lineup change.
But the Flyers have had just 16, 21, 23, 24, and 26 shots in their last five games, excluding their 4-1 win over mumps-affected New Jersey. And they have managed just one even-strength goal in the last two games.
Jake's take. Right winger Jake Voracek, whose goal gave him 38 points and moved him into a tie for the NHL lead, is well aware that the Flyers have lost 10 straight shootouts, including all five this season.
"A shootout is 50/50 on paper, but for us, I think it's 10/90," he said.
Lecavalier returns. After being a healthy scratch for seven games, Vinny Lecavalier returned to the lineup and played right wing on the fourth line. Lecavalier played 11:48, had three shots (none on goal) and appeared to have more "jump" in his game.
"I felt really good," Lecavalier said. "Every shift, I was out there, I was trying to bring energy nd be physical _ and it got me into the game."
Breakaways. Claude Giroux was held without a point, but he won a staggering 20 of 24 faceoffs (83 percent). The Flyers are 0-6-2 when Giroux does not collect a point…..The Flyers' streak of eight straight games with at least one PP goal ended Thursday, when they had just 1:03 with an extra skater…Andrew MacDonald blocked four shots and fired seven shots (three on goal)…...Aside from Giroux, the Flyers struggled in the faceoff circle. Sean Couturier won 40 percent of his draws, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare won 33 percent, and Scott Laughton won just 27 percent....The Flyers fell eight points out of a playoff spot.