Who's doubting the Flyers now?
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12-17-2008, 02:47 PM
Drop the puck
Join Date: Jan 2008
The Flyers are 13-2-3 since Nov. 8.
14 of those 18 games were 1-goal games, with the Flyers winning 10 (two include ENGs).
14 of those games were against teams in 8th or lower in their conference (Canes 4x, Isles and Lightning 2x, Thrashers, Sabres, Leafs, Stars, Coyotes, Avs.
It's great the Flyers are winning, and you can point to their great success in 1-goal games as a sign of good things to come. But they are beating the teams they ought to beat. They are average at best at even strength.
They have looked better in these games, but look at the New Jersey game two weeks ago, or even the Isles game last week. There are still too many breakdowns, whether systemic or individual. These lesser teams just aren't making them pay (the Devils did, but they aren't a lesser team).
Be optimistic. Be excited. But be cautious, so much can happen the rest of the way. This Flyers team can go a very long way in the playoffs, and is just as capable of having tee times for April 13. No one was wrong for their early-season concern. No one is wrong for their optimism now.
Here's hoping this team has learned something from this stretch, because the holiday Western trip is coming up.
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