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Philadelphia Flyers are a screaming disaster, and Claude Giroux is its captain
By Ryan Lambert November 8, 2013

You can say there's a lot of time to make up ground, but as Elliotte Friedman pointed out a few weeks ago, teams that are more than four points out of a playoff spot as of Nov. 1 need Herculean efforts to make it at all.

The Flyers seem a team incapable of doing that even if everything in the league turns on its ear. They have just nine points from their first 14 games. That gives them very little time to get back into the playoff picture at all, despite the fact that most of the little kiddies in Flyerland aren't done eating their Halloween candy.

Prior to last night's game, they had 68 remaining in the season, and yet Sports Club Stats already gave them only an 8.3 percent chance to make the playoffs; that is, if 1,000 NHL seasons started exactly as this one did, the Flyers would only make the playoffs 83 times. Only four teams (Winnipeg, Florida, Edmonton, and Buffalo) were worse off.

But don't tell Captain Giroux that. He thinks, because he's apparently a serviceable captain, that this is a good team. Well-built and capable of competing for the Stanley Cup.

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