The Philadelphia Flyers returned home after surrendering a 3-goal lead and eventually losing to the Washington Capitals on Sunday in a shootout. Today's National Hockey League rematch against the Caps will be shown live at 7:30 p.m. EST on the NBC Sports Network and locally on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
Steve Mason is a major reason why the Flyers have an unexpectedly respectable overall record (14-15-4) in mid-December, even though his teammates tripped over the red line to start the season at 3-8. Mason's steady demeanor between the pipes has helped to give Craig Berube's team realistic hopes if steady progress can continue to be made. The orange and black simply can't afford any further periods of prolonged losing if they hope to print usable playoff tickets.
Flyers' founder and chairman Ed Snider said this week that he feels change is on the horizon. So, that must mean his general manager Paul Holmgren is considering, or will soon be completing, some type of trade(s).
Scott Hartnell has been dropped from the top line again. His inconsistent play might make him a candidate to be dealt, along with at least one veteran defensemen, even though the 31-year-old veteran winger has a guaranteed deal through the 2018-19 season. Moving a recently re-signed player is something that Holmgren has done before.
The absence of Vincent Lecavalier continues to drain what already is a very weak offensive unit. Number 40's steady offensive presence has been sorely missed since November 22. The Flyers' 76 goals scored (2.30 per game) ranks twenty-eighth in the National Hockey League.
Andrej Meszaros has only played 16 games since the start of the season and is often listed as a healthy scratch. He's in the final year of a guaranteed contract that has a $4 million cap hit. The 28-year-old was only able to appear in 11 games last season due to a variety of serious injuries.
Before any potential moves are made, Berube's troops will try to gain ground in the tight Metropolitan Division in the second end of this home-and-home matchup.