By Annie Ross
Leave it to a rookie to put a fine point on the Flyers’ dilemma:
“This is the make-or-break point of our season,” said Shayne Gostisbehere, who extended his point streak to eight games with an assist against the Capitals. “We’ve just got to find ways to get points and keep leads and stick with it.”
The Flyers (23-19-9) have struggled at home of late, picking up four points while dropping four of its last five at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers open a three-game homestand before embarking on a five-game trip.
Since picking up points in six straight in mid January, Philly has been up and down with three straight losses, three consecutive wins and then back-to-back defeats.
After losing 3-2 in a shootout to the New York Rangers on Saturday, they fell by the same score in regulation at Washington on Sunday.
Anaheim’s 4-2 home win over the Sixers on Dec. 27 was the Ducks’ fifth straight in this series and 10th straight with at least one point – claiming 18 of a possible 20 in that span. That stretch includes four wins in Philadelphia.
Corey Perry scored two goals in this season’s first matchup against Flyers starter Steve Mason. Mason made 33 saves in the loss, dropping to 5-8-2 with an .890 save percentage and 3.38 GAA in 16 career appearances against Anaheim.