Philly Flyers fans have had their hopes for a full season in Philadelphia dashed after a 6-4 loss to the Washington Capitals.
The Flyers are still waiting for the NHL to make a decision on their contract extension, and are also waiting for a resolution on whether they will retain head coach Dave Hakstol.
The Flyers, who finished last in the Metropolitan Division, lost in overtime in Washington, the first game since the lockout ended.
The Capitals, who came into the game tied for the best record in the NHL with 11 wins, have won seven of their past eight.
Washington also won the last meeting between the teams.
“We’re going to have to go in there and play hard to get a win tonight,” Flyers defenseman Brian Boyle said.
“We need to get the points, we’re going out there to try to win the game.
The guys were fighting, they played well, they didn’t give up, and we’re looking forward to playing them.”
The Flyers are 4-7-2 since the end of the 2014-15 season.
They lost their third straight game on Friday and lost 4-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The teams meet again Sunday in Philadelphia.
Washington has won five straight, and has won 10 of the past 11 meetings between the franchises.
It has won four of the last five games, and is 21-5-3 against the Flyers.
The Panthers are coming off a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
The Panthers have won five of their last six and are 13-5 on the season.
The Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup in 2004.
The franchise has had the longest active playoff drought in the National Hockey League.
The Caps have won three of their five, and have won 10 in a row.
The Caps have lost three of the four games they have played in the series.
They are 7-10-2 in the regular season, but won the Atlantic Division title with a 4-1 victory in Game 6.
The Kings have won six of their first seven games.
The Kings are 9-8-1 in the season series and 8-6-0 on the road.
The Rangers, who lost 3-1 to the New York Islanders on Thursday, have lost four straight.
They have won nine of their 10 and have an 18-3-3 record in their past 13 home games.
The Lightning are 9 of 11 in the postseason and 7-5 in their last seven games, but have lost seven straight.
The Lightning are 1-4-0 in the playoffs and have lost 10 of their previous 11.