In a week over shadowed by the Cutter Gauither trade, the Flyers continued to play strong despite all the drama coming from around the league. In the Jamie Drysdale era in Philly the Flyers are 4-0-0 including commanding wins against Western Conference teams.

Last Wednesday the Flyers welcomed the Canadians to town, a team that has been struggling as one of the worst in the league for the past two seasons. Backstopped by Sam Errson the Flyers won in come from behind fashion 3-2 in a shootout. The Flyers then set out west for a three game road trip to the Midwest starting in Minnesota on Friday. With Carter Hart in net the Flyers came from behind again with the help of two Joel Farabee goals to win 4-3 in overtime. This was potentially the last time the Flyers would matchup agaisnt Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury as it is rumored he will retire at the end of this season. Fleury spent the first thirteen seasons of this career with the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Saturday night the Flyers traveled north to Winnipeg to play be best team in hockey. Sam Errson and the Flyers shutout the Jets 2-0, both goals by Cam Atkinson. On Monday MLK Day the Flyers played Kevin  Hayes and the St. Louis Blues were Carter Hart picked up a 4-2 win.

During the last two games of that stretch the Flyers were without both Sean Courtier and Jamie Drysdale. Coots is out with a minor undisclosed injury while Drysdale is sidelined with an illness. Both are anticipated to be back soon. While netminders Hart and Errson continue to share the net with equal playing time something coach Tortorella mentioned he would do moving forward. Over the past four games the Flyers have improved their power play scoring on three out of nine opportunists when up a man. While Farabee scored four goals in the past four games, and Tippett scored twice over the same stretch.

The Flyers are currently second in the division with 54 points, two behind the Rangers and one in front of the Hurricanes. The Flyers return to Philadelphia for a four game homestand starting on Thursday against Dallas, followed by Colorado, Ottawa, and Tampa.

 

John Woods: The Canadian Press

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