With John Tortorella behind the bench for the first time this preseason, the Flyers dropped to the Islanders, 2-1, Sunday night at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.
The head coach’s presence at ice level couldn’t flip the exhibition goal-scoring struggles.
The Flyers are 1-4-0 in the preseason and have been outscored 12-5. They have one exhibition game left.
Tony DeAngelo scored the Flyers’ lone goal Sunday.
New York erased a 1-0 lead with markers from Kyle Palmieri (power play) and Scott Mayfield (even strength).
• Cam Atkinson has yet to play. There’s been no Sean Couturier or Joel Farabee. Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov have suited up once.
The team just started system work on the ice Friday.
But there has to be a little concern that the Flyers have scored just one goal per game in the preseason, while two of their five goals total have come via 5-on-3 power plays.
The Flyers scored 2.56 goals per game last season, the second fewest in the NHL. General manager Chuck Fletcher has said how the club needs more high-end talent. He didn’t go out and acquire any high-end talent up front in the offseason.
We’ll see if a kid or two steps up, but the Flyers could be in a scary fight to score goals this season.
Tortorella’s track record of goal prevention can only hold up so much of the bargain.
• The Flyers saw two of the assets…