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The Flyers did it. This did not look like a playoff team coming into the year, nor did it during the early season. They found their game around the halfway point of the season and continued to refine it and improve. They'll give the Caps some trouble in the first round.
Fatigue looked like it started to set in with the loss to the Penguins Sunday. The Flyers' compacted end-of-season schedule could be their worst enemy, but they've got four huge games ahead and will have to dig deep to stay in playoff position.
The Flyers remain embroiled in an intense race to the playoffs, but as of this writing hold a spot in the postseason. Steve Mason has been providing clutch goaltending in a very difficult situation.
Philadelphia's road to the playoffs will be tougher without Michal Neuvirth to at least give Steve Mason some rest. That said, the team continues to show improvement in the scoring department, which very well could carry it into the postseason.
Having gone 8-2-2 over the last month, the Flyers are surging at the right time. They've managed to find success without one of their offensive stars in Jakub Voaracek, who is injured. Now they have a good shot at bolstering their playoff hopes with five games against the teams ahead of them in the wild-card race.
The Flyers have looked down for the count on multiple occasions this season, but with seven wins over their last 10 games, they're right back in the playoff hunt. They also have three games left against one of the primary teams they're chasing -- the rival Penguins.
The Flyers didn't do much of anything at the deadline. They could have sold off some more pieces, but they're playing well right now. Philly has won three straight and five of their last seven. They're just three points out of the wild-card spot.
The Flyers are in quite a pickle right now. The playoffs are still semi-realistic, but they just lost defenseman Michael Del Zotto for the rest of the season. Ron Hextall may have to sit on his hands at the deadline if he wants to stay the course for his long-term plans for the club.
Rookie Shayne Gostisbehere has been the main attraction for this team as he has points in 12 straight games. That broke the NHL record for longest points streak by a rookie defenseman. Not much else has gone right, though, as the Flyers have dropped five of their last six.
The Flyers always seem to take two steps forward and then another two backwards. Consistency has been hard to come by this season and it's keeping the playoffs just out of arm's reach. Ron Hextall will be an interesting GM to follow ahead of the deadline.
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The Flyers have had their ups and downs early. They might not have a worse game the rest of the season than the 7-1 loss to the Panthers. So that may be the bright side going forward.
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