Flyers eliminated, could not overcome injuries to Ellis, Hayes |

    philadelphia (21-35-11) was eliminated from contention with a 4-1 loss at minnesota wild on Tuesday. flyers cannot finish higher than fifth place in the metro division. The top three teams from the Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions, and the next best two teams from the Eastern Conference, qualify for the playoffs.

    This is the first time flyers have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since a five-year drought from 1989-1994.

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    Here’s a look at what happened in the 2021-22 season for flyers and why things could be better next season:

    the skinny one

    Unrestricted potential free agents: nate thompson, f; Keith Yandle, D; Kevin Connauton, D; nick seeler, d; Samuel Morin, D; martin jones, g

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    Potential restricted free agents: owen tippett, f; morgan frost, f; Zack Macewen, F; Hayden Hodgson, F.; wade allison, p

    Potential 2022 Draft Picks: 6

    what went wrong

    Injuries: The flyers never had the team they envisioned for the season. Defenseman Ryan Ellis suffered a lower-body injury during training camp that limited him to four games, none after Nov. 1. 13. Sean Couturier, his top center, played his last game this season Dec. 18 and had back surgery Feb. 11. kevin hayes, not his. 2 center, underwent abdominal surgery Sept. 21 that kept him out the first 12 games of the season. he played two games and was out for two weeks after the injury worsened, then had surgery Jan. 18 to drain fluid from the adductor region of his hip that kept him out until March 5. Philadelphia also played without forwards Joel Farabee, Nate Thompson, Scott Laughton and Derick Brassard for extended periods.

    power play fights: the success rate of wingers with the man advantage is 13.4 percent, the worst in the nhl. Compounding the problems, he allowed eight handicapped goals and a power play goal differential of over 18, also worse in the NHL. they judged different personnel; 16 of the 27 skaters who played at least 10 games averaged at least 30 seconds per game on the power play. Three assistant coaches oversaw that area of ​​the game, Michel Therrien (fired Dec. 6), Darryl Williams, and John Torchetti, none of whom were of any use.

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    More Offensive Problems: Flyers didn’t fare much better at the same strength; Their average of 2.57 goals per game is the third lowest in the NHL, and they have been shut out five times. the only player to score 20 goals is striker cam atkinson (23).

    reasons for optimism

    goalkeepers: carter hart and martin jones kept the shuttlecocks in most games despite facing a barrage of shots and receiving little support. Hart has faced 33.4 shots on goal per 60 minutes, more than the 29.4 he faced last season, but has a lower average goals against (3.04 vs. 3.67) and a higher goal percentage. stops (0.909 vs. 0.877). Jones has also had a comeback season off the bench, posting a .900 save percentage while facing 34.2 shots on goal per 60 minutes, compared to .896 while facing 31.5 shots on goal per game last season with the San Jose Sharks. . jones is a pending ufa, but midfielders could look to rehire him and maintain a solid partnership for at least one more season.

    Returning to Health: The couturier’s back surgery was planned so he could finish his rehab and have a full off-season of training; he has already returned to skating on his account. Ellis is expected to be healthy next season and reclaim his place in the top defensive pair. Hayes has scored 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 13 games since he returned to the lineup on March 5 and said he feels healthy for the first time in two seasons. having full seasons of couturier, hayes and ellis could go a long way in helping the high-runners solve their problems on offense.

    Young Player Development: There was some positive development from some of your young players this season. Cam York, a 21-year-old defenseman, scored eight points (two goals, six assists) and averaged 18:33 of ice time in 24 games, including 10 with at least 8:00 of ice time. Forwards Morgan Frost, 22, and Owen Tippett, 23, have gained confidence with increased opportunities following the March 19 trade of Claude Giroux to the Florida Panthers. 20, and zayde wisdom, 19; and defensemen Egor Zamula, 21, and Ronnie Attard, 23. Bobby Brink, a 20-year-old forward, led NCAA Division I hockey in scoring with 56 points (14 goals, 42 assists) in 39 games for college from denver.

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