Well that didn't exactly go as planned for the Flyers.
In what was the first of two must-win games (as declared by goalie Ilya Bryzgalov -- and he wasn't exactly wrong) against the Devils, Philadelphia was blown out in New Jersey, 5-2, Wednesday in a game that probably wasn't as close as the three-goal margin might indicate.
Suspension worthy? Fine worthy? Or is a two-minute "tripping" penalty enough?
Either way, that's probably the least of the Flyers' concerns at this point as the game continued to display the dumpster fire that is their defense, which was only made worse by another rough night from Bryzgalov in the crease.
The Flyers remain three points behind the Rangers for the No. 8 seed in the East, but New York has two games in hand. As we pointed out earlier on Wednesday 55 points should be the target for teams to get into the playoffs, and the Flyers are going to need quite a second half run to reach that mark, especially with every team they're competing with having games in hand on them at the present time.
Playing like this, it's flat out not going to happen.