The Philadelphia Flyers have won only 15 of 45 games and own a 15-22-8 record at the All-Star break, and there is no indication that two of their most important players — center Sean Couturier and defenseman Ryan Ellis — will return soon from injuries … or if they will come back at all this season.
There are some positives, however. The team has played with more structure lately, and they have been integrating several prospects into their lineup. Eleven players from the AHL’s Phantoms have seen time with the big team this season, and that number figures to grow.
Unless a minor miracle happens, Philly, which is seventh in the eight-team Metropolitan Division, will miss the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1992-93 and 1993-94. The Flyers are 17 points out of a playoff spot.
So for the last 37 games, it’s time to see what the young kids can do and find out who is worth keeping for the future.
Here are some observations after Tuesday’s workmanlike 3-1 win over visiting Winnipeg:
1. Left winger Oskar Lindblom is starting to resemble the player who was having a breakout season in 2019-20 before his stunning cancer diagnosis.