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Flyers Daily: ‘Still a Ways Away;’ Caps Crippled by Injuries



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The Philadelphia Flyers are having problems scoring, but that was expected– especially with Cam Atkinson, Sean Coutuier and James van Riemsdyk out of the lineup because of injuries.

The other problem they have is this: They are not giving their goaltenders much support in the defensive zone. Teams are camped in the Flyers’ end an inordinate amount of time, firing shot after shot.

Too many of them are the high-quality variety.

Over the last four games, the Flyers have been outshot by a combined 169-95 margin. They are 1-1-2 in that span, only because of Carter Hart’s brilliant goaltending.

“It hasn’t come together; it’s still a ways away. That’s our job as a coaching staff to get it together,” coach John Tortorella said after the Flyers were outshot, 44-25, in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss in Toronto.

He said the Flyers don’t have the puck enough and are playing in their own end too much.

“We have to instill confidence in our guys to make plays,” he said.

They will try to change things Saturday when they face Claude Giroux and the high-scoring Senators in Ottawa.

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