With eight games left in the season, the Flyers find themselves in fantastic position to make it to the playoffs. As it stands now, the Flyers have a 98.4 percent chance of making the playhouse according to SportsClubStats.com.Unless they falter a collapse of epic proportions, the Flyers look like shoo-ins for the Stanley Cup Playoffs — to most likely face the Rangers.
The Flyers are in this position because they went 9-3-2 in March with wins over the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. But maybe most importantly, the Flyers showed that they can play with the top teams in the league. Even with their shootout loss to the Boston Bruins over the weekend, they showed that they can go toe-to-toe with the best team in the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers are playing a different brand of hockey. Wayne Simmonds is having a career year, Claude GIroux is playing like and MVP Steve Mason is providing solid goaltending on the back end. The Flyers were left for dead after the first month of the season. They were 3-8 after November, they fired their coach and they weren't playing Flyers hockey. Now they are, and it's fun to watch.
The Bruins are the clear front runners to make it to the Stanley Cup, and it's not unreasonable to think that the Flyers are the most threatening team to them, especially with the way they are playing currently.
The Flyers marketing campaign for the past few months has been #ClutchTime — this being in reference the Flyers late-game success in the third period and overtime. The campaign fits the team perfectly. Early in the year, when the Flyers would get down by a goal or two, the game was essentially over. Now, no matter the goal deficit, the Flyers always seem to make a game of it.
In March alone, the Flyers erased deficits against the Washington Capitals on March 2, the Blackhawks on March 18, the Blues on March 22 and they even forced overtime against Bruins. Although the latest game resulted in a loss, the late-game efforts show the Flyers mettle, and they are always a team to be weary about no matter what the score is.
There is nothing more dangerous than a hockey team catching fire at the right time. This year, that team could be the Flyers.
Tags: Boston Bruins, Claude Giroux, Eastern Conference, Flyers, Hockey, NHL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Steve Mason, Wayne Simmonds
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