When the trip ends, the Flyers will have played 18 games, which, in a lockout-shortened schedule, computes to 37.5 percent of their season.
In other words, this road trip carries a lot more weight than it would in a normal season.
Schenn says the Flyers need to simplify things.
"They don't have to be pretty games at all," he said. "You have to play a hard-nosed style of hockey on the road. It's more of a grinding effort. We're going to have to get to the tough areas and compete."
The Flyers' early road woes are surprising. This was a team that bonded and played terrific hockey away from the Wells Fargo Center last season. The Flyers finished 25-13-3 on the road, which tied Boston for the most away wins in the NHL.
Their lone road win this year was a 7-1 blowout in Florida. In the other five road games, they have managed a total of six goals.
"Our starts on the road haven't been where they need to be," said forward Brayden Schenn, Luke's brother, "and they're getting their team into it more and their fans into it more."
The numbers support Schenn. The Flyers have led after the first period in just one of their six road games, building a 3-0 lead in the win over Florida. In the other five road games, they have been outscored by a combined 10-1 in the opening periods.
Center Sean Couturier said the Flyers have been too passive on the road.
"We've got to play the same way we play at home, get good starts and play with the lead," Couturier said. "Put pressure on teams and attack. The game is all about attack."
"There's no question we have a huge road trip coming up," Luke Schenn said. "We obviously need to play a lot better on the road."
Especially when they have an extra attacker. Entering Saturday, the Flyers' power play had clicked at 29.4 percent at home and just 12.5 percent on the road.
On the bright side, if the Flyers come off this trip in good shape, they will have survived a brutal early-season schedule - 12 of their first 18 games on the road - and will be left with lots of home cooking.
Inside the Flyers: Slow Starting On the Road
The Flyers, off to a sluggish start, are trying to regain the dominance they displayed on the road last season. Here are the numbers:
Worst road records (2013)
Best road records (2011-12)
- Sam Carchidi
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