Knights shoot for season-best win streak vs. hapless Flyers

NHL Hockey

The Philadelphia Flyers continue to careen in the wrong direction.

The Flyers will look to avoid a season-worst 11th consecutive loss when they travel to face the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.

Philadelphia lost eight straight games and then fired head coach Alain Vigneault and replaced him with assistant Mike Yeo on an interim basis. Since Yeo took over, the Flyers fell 7-5 to the Colorado Avalanche and then came back with a flat 3-0 loss on the road against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

The Flyers, who have been outscored 47-18 during the skid, last dropped 10 in a row during the 2017-18 season but still earned a playoff berth.

They haven’t won since Nov. 16 and right now, the idea of reaching the playoffs seems bleak.

“It really all comes down to our puck play,” Yeo said. “The way that we support each other. And then when we have the puck on our stick, making the read. If you’ve got time and space, be ready to skate, move your feet and obviously find your options.”

The Flyers have resembled a team with very little confidence during this losing streak, which cost Vigneault his job in just the beginning of his third season.

“We don’t have an identity,” captain Claude Giroux said.

The schedule doesn’t lighten, starting with this difficult matchup on the road against the Golden Knights. All the Flyers can do is move forward.

“If we’re sitting here and we’re looking at the losses that are piling up and the streak that we’re on right now and all the stuff that’s happened, then we’re really not looking at what’s ahead of us,” Yeo said. “Obviously, that affects your preparation, that affects you while you’re in the moment. So we have to find a way to take advantage of each day that we have right now.”

The Golden Knights, meanwhile, will be searching for their fourth straight win, which would mark a season high.

In its most recent game Wednesday, Vegas defeated the Dallas Stars, 5-4.

Mark Stone scored two goals and the Golden Knights rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to keep surging.

“I just looked at the boys and kind of had that feeling that we were going to find a way to get it done,” said Stone, who also registered his 100th assist with the franchise.

Stone extended his point-scoring stretch to six, though he hadn’t scored a goal since an empty-net tally on Nov. 24 against the Nashville Predators.

“I think the last goal I scored on a goalie was against Colorado in Game 5 of the playoffs last year,” Stone said. “It’s been a bit of a grind mentally. But when the team’s winning, it makes things a lot better. But you always want to contribute, especially in games like this when you need big goals. If you can provide it, it feels pretty good.”

The Golden Knights’ recent streak can be chalked up to a much healthier team. They have been hit hard with injuries and absence due to COVID-19.

“That depth for us is critical and that’s what we’ve been looking for,” Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer said. “When you have depth, you can create mismatches.”

–Field Level Media

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