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February 7, 2017 | 10:14am ET
Frustration mounting in Philly
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The Philadelphia Flyers are struggling to find the back of the net, having been shutout in two straight games against the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues.

While the lack of scoring lately is a cause for concern, the team's bigger issue lies with keeping the puck out of their own net.

The Flyers are last in the Eastern Conference and 25th in the NHL in goals-against per game (2.96), and overall team defense and shaking goaltending -- Steve Mason has a .900 save percentage and a 3.08 goals-against-average and Michal Neuvirth has a .893 save percentage and a 2.79 goals-against-average -- has management on the lookout for outside help.

"I think everything is a little bit too slow," defenseman Mark Streit told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We've got to move the puck quicker, we've got to move bodies quicker. We're too stagnant. Nobody's really moving."

It's believed Flyers GM Ron Hextall has expressed some interest in Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

It is not yet clear how in-depth trade talks have progressed between the Flyers and Lightning, but if negotiations enter a significant state, the Flyers are expected to request permission to negotiate a contract extension with Bishop.

The Flyers are hanging on to the final wildcard spot in the East, with several teams right behind them, and an upgrade between the pipes could jolt the club's performance in the right direction.

Hextall is also believed to be exploring the market on Streit and Nick Schultz, both of whom are pending unrestricted free agents.

 
 
 

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