Philadelphia Flyers Last Season Performance
The Philadelphia Flyers started the season surprisingly strong, winning five of coach John Tortorella’s first seven games at the helm.
But, slowly, the weaknesses began to show as Philadelphia went 0-7-3 in a 10-game stretch during November. The Flyers still improved 14 points after their ugly season in 2021-22 when they finished with 61.
The Flyers struggled mightily on offense, finishing 29th in scoring (3.37) and owning the worst power play (15.6 percent). They weren’t much better defensively, allowing 3.37 goals per game (23rd).
Philadelphia was without No. 1 center Sean Couturier, right wing Cam Atkinson, and top-four defenseman Ryan Ellis due to injuries, and Travis Koecny led the team with 61 points. Owen Tippett, who the Flyers acquired in the Claude Giroux trade, added 27 goals.
The Flyers – 18-18-5 in front of the home fans – missed the playoffs for the third straight year.
The Flyers did not make any major acquisitions, but they hope the moves made add depth and toughness.
Defenseman Sean Walker will likely be part of the top four, while forward Ryan Poehling, a former first-round pick of Montreal, could also emerge with a bigger role after signing as a free agent.
Tortorella will be pleased with the toughness forwards Nicolas Deslauriers and Garnet Hathaway offer and veteran defenseman Marc Staal adds stability. Goalie Cal Peterson and defenseman Victor Mete also add depth.
Forwards Bobby Brink and Tyson Foerster could also make the leap from the AHL.
The Flyers said goodbye to top-pair defenseman Ivan Provorov and veteran center Kevin Hayes in trades early in the offseason.
Hayes never seemed to mesh with Tortorella’s style, while Provorov was never quite the No. 1 defenseman Philadelphia needed.
Offensive defenseman Tony DeAngelo was also dealt, while forwards Jackson Cates, Brendan Lemieux, Kieffer Bellows, and Max Willman were let go.
Philadelphia Flyers Head Coach Analysis
Tortorella is coaching his fifth team and has had success in three of his first four stops.
The hard-driving coach won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, made the playoffs four of five seasons with the New York Rangers and four of six with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Tortorella is 704-579-37 – 11th all-time – and his teams have qualified for the playoffs 12 times.
Philadelphia Flyers Prediction for the 2023-24 Season
The Flyers were never an easy team to beat last season with Tortorella behind the bench, but they are not a good NHL bet to be a playoff team yet.
The hope is that some of their younger players mature quickly while Couturier and Atkinson suit up for an entire season. Couturier, who is +82 in his career as a two-way center, missed most of 2021-22 and all of last season due to a pair of back surgeries. Atkinson is returning from neck and biceps injuries.
Couturier adds to a top group that includes Konecny, Tippett, Atkinson, Morgan Frost (46 points in 22-23) and Joel Farabee. Scott Laughton is also a dependable top-nine forward. The over is a better bet with the Flyers at our sportsbook in 2023-24.
Promising Cam York could take Provorov’s spot in the top four along with Walker, Rasmus Ristolainen, and Travis Sanheim. Ellis will likely retire. Carter Hart had a bit of revival in goal and the Flyers hope his confidence continues.