5 Surprising Stats Behind the Flyers' Troubling State

The numbers are staggering across the board.

For a second straight year, the Flyers are in last place 39 games into the season, nearly the halfway point of the schedule.

Everybody knows the core - which has been in place since 2011-12 - is not getting any younger. The group has seen only one other season quite like this, when the team had an identical 35 points through 39 games during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Flyers ended up missing the playoffs and a little over a month later, Dave Hakstol was hired as head coach.

After relieving Hakstol of his duties two weeks ago, new general manager Chuck Fletcher has greater decisions ahead regarding the roster (see story).

Let's look at five surprising stats that have resulted in the Flyers' current state:

1. The Flyers have suffered three four-game losing streaks, while their longest winning streak stands at three games, something they've done just once.

They simply haven't shown any semblance of a team that will go on a run.

Last season, even after losing 10 straight games, the Flyers were in a better spot at this juncture. They had won six consecutive games by now and proceeded to go 8-4-0 in January.

The Flyers were in last place but trending upward at 16-15-8 with 40 points and a minus-4 goal differential. This season, the Flyers are 15-19-5 and sport a minus-29 goal differential.

2. The Flyers have suffered from damning instability in net.

The team has played six goalies, becoming the first to ever do so in NHL history through the opening 35 games of a season.

This season, no other team has used six or even five goaltenders, while only three clubs have trotted out four - the Coyotes, Kings and Senators.

Among the six goalies used by the Flyers, not one has played more than 14 games. Every other NHL team has had at least one netminder play more than 16 games.

The goalie carousel is a product of injuries but certainly could have been avoided or better addressed (see story).

3. There were concerns about the Flyers' defense and goaltending entering the 2018-19 season, but one area you didn't expect to be problematic was the power play.

It somehow has turned into one of the Flyers' biggest wounds.

With the addition of James van Riemsdyk, the Flyers appeared to have two legitimate man-advantage units.

The power play, though, ranks dead last in the NHL at 12.4 percent and is 9 for 93 (9.7 percent) since Oct. 13.

Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon made a few adjustments Tuesday that could produce results over the upcoming three-game homestand (see story).

4. Slow starts and early deficits have become all too common for the Flyers.

They are 28th in the NHL with just eight wins when scoring first. Meanwhile, the Flyers own the league's third-most losses when the opponent scores first with 18 such defeats and have been outscored 43-28 in the first period.

Whether it boils down to preparation or effort, the Flyers are being haunted - physically and mentally - by inconsistent starts to games.

5. The blame goes all the way around for the Flyers. Nobody has been perfect.

But everyone definitely expected more offense and steadiness from Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov, the Flyers' dynamic defensemen.

Gostisbehere has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and a minus-17 rating in 39 games. Provorov has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) and a minus-11 mark in 39 games.

Last season, Gostisbehere had 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) and a plus-1 rating through his first 39 games, while Provorov had 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and was even in the plus-minus department.

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