March 17, 2017
One of the biggest questions to come out of Thursday night’s 6-2 loss at the New Jersey Devils was whether or not this team has quit on head coach Dave Hakstol. Many Flyers described their game as “flat” as they lost big to a team who were in the midst of a 10-game losing streak and were playing a lineup full of inexperienced players.
“I don’t think anybody’s giving up,” captain Claude Giroux said, per the Courier-Post. “No one’s going to give up here until the end of the season. We’re going to keep working, keep working on our game.”
“Yeah, we’re angry. We know we’re a better team, we know we can be in a better position, but that’s not the case. We’ve got to keep working and keep working to be a better team.”
The last two games have been the perfect synopsis of the 2016-17 season. One night the team looks like world beaters and the next night they look lifeless. “Consistently inconsistent” should be worn on t-shirts in the Flyers locker room as the team who had a 10-game winning streak back in December is going to be watching the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs from home in April.
Now the focus on is head coach Dave Hakstol. Has he done enough over the last two seasons to remain behind the Flyers bench or has Ron Hextall seen enough of the inconsistent level of play?
“That’s not my job to start worrying about the coach and stuff like that,” forward Brayden Schenn said Thursday night. “It’s on us players to go out and play better. I’m not even going to start commenting on that. Us players have to be better and we know it. We’ve been inconsistent all year and that’s on the players.”