Peter Laviolette on hot seat with Flyers continued struggles

Jim McIsaac

Head coach Peter Laviolette has been placed on the hot-seat after his team's most recent loss. Are the Flyers on the verge of making a change?

Entering Wednesday night's game against the New Jersey Devils, the Philadelphia Flyers made it clear that they viewed the contest as the first game of a two-game playoff.

With another game scheduled against the Devils on Friday night and the two teams separated by four points in the standings, Philadelphia believed their playoff hopes rested on an ability to win consecutive games against their Atlantic Division rivals.

Despite this viewpoint, the Flyers lost in an underwhelming effort, 5-2.

Given the organization's aggressive approach to personel over the years, speculation has been bubbling about the prospects of a major change.

This has shifted focus to the job security of head coach Peter Laviolette.

Following Wednesday night's loss, several reports surfaced on twitter stating that general manager Paul Holmgren met with Laviolette. While this isn't an unusual occurrence, it becomes magnified given the team's current standing (12-15-1, 11th place).

Captain Claude Giroux and alternate captain Scott Hartnell came to Laviolette's defense on Wednesday night stating that the team's struggles have not been the coach's fault.

Despite speculation from Philadelphia media outlets that Laviolette is on the verge of being removed as the Flyers' bench boss, little evidence has surfaced that the organization is leaning toward making a change.

In fact, Bob McKenzie of TSN stated on the NHL Network on Tuesday night that Laviolette was likely to remain as the Flyers coach. Given the drastic roster turnover the team went through prior to last season, as well as the amount of young players on the team, McKenzie was under the impression that the organization was not going to remove Laviolette this season.

Of course, these things are subject to change and, as history will show, it's never wise to say never when discussing the Flyers.

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