Philly, Welcome Back to Relevance

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Just when you think the city of Philly is going to get picked up and moved somewhere else, the Flyers catch fire. You’re probably cleaning wax out of your ears, which is weird because you’re reading this.

Anyway, lets get into the details. The Philadelphia Flyers are arguably the hottest team in the NHL in the last two weeks. They have a huge win over the Blues, a home-road sweep of the Lightning, followed up by a massive statement win over the Detroit Red Wings. So what does this all mean?

Well for one, the suicide rate among Philly sports fans shouldn’t be as bad this year. on a more relevant note, the Flyers are riding this hot streak right into a wild card possibility. With the Capitals already clinching a playoff spot and the Islanders and Rangers also fairly safe, it seems as if a wild card spot is all they can do. But hey, this is a big step up from the Eagles, Phillies, and 76ers.

What do they have left in the tank? That’s the question. They are fresh off a win against Detroit to close the gap. Detroit is clinging to the last wild card spot in the east and the Flyers are nipping at their heels. It’s going to be a real test for Philly though. They have to play against the Isles, Rangers, Penguins, and Caps to end the year. They have two games against the in state rival Pens. These are must wins for the Flyers because Pittsburgh is occupying the other wildcard spot.  They have to finish a tough stretch, but once they get through it they have some very winnable games.
As it looks now, the Flyers have what it takes to give a one of their divisional rivals a fight in the first round of the playoffs. The problem is will they get there? With a much harder schedule remaining than the Red Wings and the Penguins, it will be a daunting task to even get to the playoffs. If they do get in they will most likely be matched up with the Caps- the Golden State of the NHL.
However, if I’m a Flyer fan, I’d be pretty excited right now. The Flyers showed potential early in the year, but then they kind of fell off. It is a huge boost to see the team playing well and making the season meaningful. If they make the playoffs, it’s very important to go into the post season hot. The islanders were the best in the league for the first half last year, but they went into the playoffs cold and it led to their first round exit at the hands of the Caps.
-R. Ilardi

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