5 observations from the Flyers’ frustrating 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues

The Philadelphia Flyers are like an episode of HBO Succession. Interesting to watch, but filled with misery.

Lots and lots of misery.

The misery continued Tuesday as the Flyers lost their sixth in a row, losing to the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.

That’s 19 losses in the last 21 games, in case you score at home.

The Blues scored three goals in the third period, two of them in an empty net, to break a 1-1 tie.

“It was a winnable game for us, and we have to find a way to do that,” interim coach Mike Yeo said.

“Right now it’s like we have to play a perfect match to win, and we don’t,” said captain Claude Giroux. “It is very frustrating.”

A few comments :

1. Brayden Schenn is pretty good.

The former Flyer scored his 10th goal in the last 12 games and continued to plague his former side. He rebounded — his 15th goal in 34 games — to open the scoring with 8:10 to go in the first, giving him three goals and five points in six career games against the Flyers.

Philly sent Schenn to St. Louis in a 2017 trade that earned them draft picks that turned out to be Joel Farabee and Morgan Frost.

Farabee, 21, could be ready to return from a shoulder injury on Saturday. He led the Flyers with 20 goals last year and has 11 goals in 33 games this season. Frost, 22, who has scored just two goals in 30 games this season, is still trying to find himself.

Schenn, 30, scored 28, 17, 25 and 16 goals (in 56 games) for St. Louis in seasons leading up to this year.

2. Give the injured-handed Flyers credit for playing competitive hockey in their last four games, all against strong teams – Pittsburgh, Washington, Carolina and St. Louis.

The Flyers were playing back-to-back nights, but they stayed with the well-rested Blues in a fair game. Philly had the advantage in faceoffs and hits, and they had more chances to score in the third period.

But again, they couldn’t close the deal.

Oskar Lindblom tied the game at 1-1 with a burst above the left circle with 11:51 remaining. But Vladimir Tarasenko, who had missed the previous game with an undisclosed injury, responded 42 seconds later to put the Blues back in front for good.

“Right now we have too many ups and downs,” Lindblom said.

The Lindblom-Scott-Laughton-Travis Konecny ​​line was the Flyers’ best unit. Konecny ​​got an assist and now has a seven-game career point streak.

The Flyers won’t play again until Saturday afternoon, when they get another chance against the Capitals and try to avenge Thursday’s 5-3 loss. Washington scored three late goals in 2:08 to erase a 3-2 deficit.

3. St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington, who is having a bad season and lost his No. 1 spot to Ville Husso (1.97 GAA, .936 save percentage), discovered his old magic against the Flyers.

The Flyers offense has a way of making opposing goaltenders look good.

Again Binnington, who made 25 saves, was very good when needed. He made a fine save on Max Willman as he came on alone early in the game and denied Laughton a breakaway later in the first period. (Binnington was lucky Claude Giroux, with a wide-open net, shot wide with a power play chance late in the second period. And Justin Braun hit the crossbar with a blast in the third period.)

Entering Tuesday, Binnington was just 11-10-3 with a 3.35 GAA and .898 save percentage. He had lost three straight, compiling save percentages of .815, .800, and .850, respectively, in those games.

4. I love interim coach Mike Yeo’s decision to put left-winger Isaac Ratcliffe on the top line with Giroux and Cam Atkinson.

The rest of the season is all about finding out which players deserve to be on the roster in 2022-23. In other words, it’s time to experiment with young guys like the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Ratcliffe.

He had another good game on Tuesday and his steal at the Flyers defensive end helped Giroux take on Travis Sanheim in the second period. Giroux hit the crossbar with his shot.

5. Defender Rasmus Ristolainen and goalkeeper Martin Jones contributed to their commercial value.

Ristolainen had five shots, five hits and four blocked shots, while Jones, playing back-to-back nights due to Carter Hart’s eye disease, stopped 22 of 24 shots and kept the Flyers competitive.

The Flyers are trying to sign Ristolainen, a potential free agent. If they can’t, they would be wise to process it before the March 21 deadline. He would likely bring a first- or second-round draft pick.

Jones, who has struggled a lot since the schedule moved to 2022, won’t bring much in return – maybe a sixth or seventh round. He hasn’t won since Dec. 29 in Seattle.

“I don’t think we were at our best, but we hung around and Jonesy was good and we fought back,” Yeo said. “It’s still 1-1 late in the game, and that game is there.”

The Blues took it.

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