Flyers Break Nine-Point Streak in Loss Against the Predators

The Philadelphia Flyers took it down to the final seconds again, but they finally hit a bump in the road and finally lost in regulation for the first time in December 2023. They lost 4-2 to the Nashville Predators at the Wells Fargo Center. They dropped the season series as well. Flyers break a nine-point streak in the loss. The key takeaway from this loss is that the future looks bright for Philadelphia hockey for the first time in a long time. The Flyers have one more at Detroit on Friday as part of a back-to-back before the Christmas break. 

Frosty Fortune to Misfortune

Morgan Frost had the night’s opening goal. It was his first goal since November 30 against the Devils. It was a 1-0 Flyers lead less than two minutes in all the same. The goal was only Frost’s fourth of the season. Frost scored an unlikely goal 1:31 into the game to put Philadelphia in front. Bobby Brink sent a pass behind the net, and it deflected off Frost’s skate, over the net, off the back of Saros and in.

First, it was a two-minute penalty for a check to the head. Then it was a lot more for Nashville Predators forward Yakov Trenin. After checking and rechecking and rechecking video of the hit Trenin put on the Philadelphia Flyers’ Morgan Frost during the second period, officials changed the call to a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

The Flyers had five minutes to work with after Trenin’s hit to the head on Frost but couldn’t manage a clean look before a horribly timed slashing call on Cam Atkinson killed the advantage. The Flyers have done so much right during this stretch, but the power play remains their Achilles heel. They went 1-for-4 on the night with the man advantage, and their 10.2 success rate going into it was ranked 31st in the league.

By the Numbers

Philip Tomasino scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 4:01 remaining. Cole Smith scored, Gustav Nyquist converted an empty-netter, and Colton Sissons added a pair of assists for the Predators. Morgan Frost scored a goal and an assist, and Sean Couturier scored. Couturier gave the Flyers what’s become a rare power-play goal. The game was tied 2-2 when Sissons passed from the side boards to the slot, and Tomasino fired a wrist shot over goalie Samuel Ersson’s right shoulder. Ersson made 28 saves for the Flyers, Juuse Saros stopped 30 shots for the Predators.

The Future is Bright

The Flyers finally lost in regulation, but they’re 7-1-1 this month, beat the Penguins twice, were riding a nine-game point streak, and have us all looking at the standings and beginning to wonder about the actual possibility of a playoff push. 

Sean Couturier has returned to form and skated a ton of minutes, Travis Konecny’s been flying all over the ice, Travis Sanheim’s rebound has been one of hockey’s biggest feel-good stories of the year so far, Joel Farabee has become a noticeably more responsible player, and Owen Tippett, Tyson Foerster, Bobby Brink, and Cam York have all been building stronger and stronger foundations as full-time NHLers. And that’s not even to mention Rasmus Ristolainen’s growth as a more dependable stay-at-home defenseman, while Sean Walker and Nick Seeler have suddenly become one of the league’s dominant shutdown pairings. 

The Flyers have been winning, yeah, but above all, they’ve been playing solid, fun-to-watch hockey that has given fans reason to tune in or show up night-to-night – the Wells Fargo Center has definitely been looking a bit fuller of late. Just imagine what it would look once Cutter Gauthier and Matvei Michkov get here. 

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.