Flyers bottom out in Buffalo
It's official: The Philadelphia Flyers are the last place team in the NHL.
They hit the basement in style, too, losing 9-1 to the undefeated Buffalo Sabres last night and looking every bit as bad as their 1-4-1 record would indicate. And while it's early, you really have to wonder if injuries to key players like Antero Niittymaki and Mike Rathje could derail a team that, for the majority of last season, looked like a Stanley Cup contender.
This season, the Flyers have simply looked positively awful, to the point where you have to wonder how low this club could sink this season. If Niittymaki's not going to be good to go, where does GM Bob Clarke turn in goal? And what does this poor start mean for Philadelphia's playoff aspirations?
Consider this — the team's captain, Peter Forsberg, hasn't missed the playoffs since entering the NHL in 1994, which happens to be the last year the Flyers didn't make it to the postseason. Only the Detroit Red Wings (1990) have a longer consecutive playoff streak going.