The Philadelphia Flyers are in a downward spiral as of late. They have lost nine games in a row which is their worst since 2008. Philadelphia has blown many leads this season. The Flyers record is 8-10-7 with 23 points. Philadelphia is currently in last place in a tough Metropolitan Division.
Since Philadelphia is in a downward spiral, is it time for the Flyers to fire head coach Dave Hakstol? Well, Flyers fans were chanting Fire Hakstol last night in a 3-1 home loss against the San Jose Sharks, but general manager Ron Hextall has the coach’s back for right now.
They are particularly a young team and this is why Hakstol was brought in from North Dakota (NCAA). He is energetic, but his coaching his predictable and Hakstol needs to change his philosophy a little bit.
Hakstol led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his first season. His record that year was 41-27-14 with 96 points. They lost to the Washington Capitals in six games in the first round. Last season, his record was 39-33-10 with 88 points and they missed the playoffs.
It is looking like the Flyers will miss the playoffs again this season. Philadelphia fans are hardcore and I don’t think they will handle this losing too much longer. If things continue to go south, Hextall might have no choice but to fire him.
The problem with the Flyers is that the goaltending is inconsistent. Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth are the current goaltenders, but I bet they are both not in the Flyers future plans. It’s either going to be Anthony Stolarz, Alex Lyon, or Carter Hart in the near future between the pipes.
Philadelphia lacks snipers and Claude Giroux lacks leadership as well. Nolan Patrick was the second overall pick and he has been injury prone. He only has two goals and four assists in 16 games so far this season.
Hextall is also part of the blame for this Flyers mess because he hasn’t been drafting well lately. Hakstol might be the scapegoat for this horrendous start in the end and I think he needs more time with this team.