Flyers Flying High in February

The Philadelphia Flyers stumbled out of the All-Star break in Tampa Bay with a 4-0 loss but have quickly bounced back in fine fashion with wins over Nashville and Dallas in the last two games.

The Flyers are one of only four teams with over 70 points (75) for the season and are two points behind league leading Vancouver’s 77. The team record for points is 118 set during the 1975-76 season. That year the Flyers went for the three-peat but lost to the Montreal Canadians in the Stanley Cup finals in four games.

The Flyers have had over 100 points 17 times in their history since their first season in 1967-68 and have not done it since 2006. With 29 games left in their season, the Flyers need 22 wins (44 points) to break the team record. It sounds doable but it will be a rough road ahead of they want to achieve that feat. For right now the team would love to just come away with the best record in the Eastern Conference must less best record in the league.

The NHL has had a poor history of teams who have won the President’s Trophy for having the best record in the regular season and not winning the cup. Since its original presentation during the 1985-86 season, only seven teams that have won the President’s Trophy have gone on to win the Stanley Cup in the same season. The last team to win both in the same season was the Detroit Red Wings in the 2007-08 and in 2001-02. The Colorado Avalanche did it the season before in 2000-01.

Having home ice advantage would be nice but the Flyers have had success both at home and on the road. The Flyers are tied with the New York Rangers in road wins with 17 and are tied for second with three other teams in home wins with 18, only one behind Pittsburgh for league best.

Philadelphia has the second best plus/minus ratio in the league (plus-43) behind Vancouver (plus-54). The Flyers lead the league in goals per game (3.38) and is ninth in goals against (2.53). The power play has dropped slightly since January from 16th to 17th but the penalty kill has done a much better job going 16th to 10th. Five-on-five is the teams’ bread and butter having slipped from first overall to second. The Flyers are still struggling on face-offs going from 21st (49.0) to 22nd (49.6) despite a slight improvement.

The Flyers have eight players with 10 or more goals with Andreas Nodl about to join the gang with 9. Danny Briere leads the team with 26 while Claude Giroux leads the team in assists (31) and points (50). Andrej Meszaros leads the team in plus/minus (plus-27) while Ville Leino (58%) leads the teams in face-off percentage with Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell come in second (55.6%).

Football season is officially over so Eagles fans can stop crying long enough to remember that the orange and black have officially taken center stage from here until the cup finals. With the Phillies officially opening spring training next week, Philly fans can bet that hopes that not one, but two parades down Broad Street are dangling in Philly fans heads between now and the end of the year. The city of Philadelphia have never celebrated two championships in the same calendar year. Will this be the year it finally happens?

Stay tuned because this is going to be a fun.


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