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Flyers’ Disastrous Year Ends; TK, DeAngelo Soaring

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Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sam Ersson is congratulated after collecting his first NHL win Thursday in San Jose. Photo: AP.

The Philadelphia Flyers will say good  riddance to 2022 when they play their final game of the calendar year Saturday in Los Angeles.

Their fans will gladly say adios, too.

It has not been a good year for the Orange and Black (and Blue) and their long-suffering fans. Au contraire.

The Flyers have the league’s-worst points percentage (.345 with a 24-51-12 record) in 2022, so they are happy to put the year behind them. They have 60 points in that one-year span — less than half accumulated by Boston (136), Carolina (125), Colorado (124), and Toronto (123).

Fun times!

Flyers’ notes

Here are some notes heading into the final game of the calendar year:

  • Travis Konecny has had four consecutive multi-point games. He has five goals and three assists in that span. In his last 13 games, Konecny has 10 goals and 15 points.
  • Tony DeAngelo has had three straight multi-point games, during which he has collected three goals and four assists. The 27-year-old defenseman has 11 points (4-7) in his last nine games. DeAngeleo is the fourth defenseman in franchise history to have three consecutive multi-point road games, joining Shayne Gostisbehere, Joni Pitkanen, and Mark Howe.
  • Left-winger-turned-center Noah Cates has played well defensively, but he is goal-less in his last 20 games. He has an “even” plus-minus rating in that stretch, Cates last scored Nov. 15 in Columbus. (He ended the skid on Saturday in L.A.)
  • In the calendar year, the Philadelphia Flyers have averaged 2.55 goals per game and allowed 3.66 goals per game. Their power play has clicked at a frightful 12.5 percent.
  • Sam Ersson became the first Flyers goalie since 1999 (Brian Boucher) to win his second career NHL appearance after allowing at least five goals in his debut.
  • This is the second time in franchise history the Flyers have had two goalies (Ersson, Felix Sandstrom) record their first NHL wins in the same season. The other time was in the 1978-79 season, when Pete Peeters and Robbie Moore did it, per NHL Stats.
  • Owen Tippett has seven points (4-3) over his last eight games, and Scott Laughton has six points (3-3) over his last six games.
  • The Flyers, who play in Los Angeles Saturday at 4 p.m., have an 89-43-21 career record against the Kings.
  • Philly leads the NHL with 1,050 hits this season and is third with 636 blocked shots.
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