The Philadelphia Flyers appear to be a team at a crossroads. Not too long ago, the Flyers looked to be a club on the verge of breaking through into the NHL’s upper echelon, with a budding core of young talent working their way into roles of prominence within the team’s core. But much of that young talent seemed to plateau or regress at about the same time, and the Flyers entered a downturn.
GM Ron Hextall was fired, as was coach Dave Hakstol and the 2018-19 season spiraled out of control. The Flyers, for so long the imposing Broad Street Bullies who struck fear into the opposition, struggled to find an identity. The Flyers are a fairly talented team, with Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Sylvain Couturier up front and Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov on the back end. They shouldn’t be anywhere near as bad as they’ve been.
The ongoing problem in Philly remains the lack of quality goaltending. The Flyers set an NHL record in 2018-19 by going through eight netminders, all the while languishing near the bottom of the league in goals allowed.
The Flyers have gone seven years since they last won a playoff series. They hold on to another inglorious NHL mark. Philadelphia has been to the Stanley Cup final six times since the Flyers last won the Cup in 1975, and they’ve lost each time – in 1976, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1997 and 2010.
They even struggled to be a winning team at home in 2018-19, and for decades Philadelphia was the most difficult place in the NHL for a road team to come away with a victory.
About the only success on the ice for the Flyers in 2018-19 is that they were one of the NHL’s most reliable over wagers on the total but a lot of that had to do with the number of goals they fished out of their own net. That might make the Flyers an intriguing play at PointsBet.
A unique sportsbook, PointsBet pays out based on the margin of your play’s victory. If they win by two goals, you get two times the payout. But the flip side to that would be if the Flyers lost by two goals, you’d lose double your stake. Like the Flyers, there’s potential for both great risk and great return.