This article contains opinion.
The Philadelphia Flyers find themselves in third place in the Metropolitan Division for the first time this season.
Along with the Washington Capitals being the most dominant team in the Eastern Conference, the Flyers are also on a seven-point game streak themselves and are one of the hottest teams since the month November started.
Why is that?
Well, most notably, the Flyers are playing a lot better defensively. Everybody is chipping in, whether it’s by helping and backchecking on an odd man rush coming up in their own zone or helping on the penalty kill.
Ever since that embarrassing loss to their Pennsylvania rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers woke up. The Flyers haven’t let more than three goals in the last seven games except for a 4–3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers have held their opponents to only two goals in their last four games. Both Carter Hart and Brian Elliot have been a major part in these victories as well.
The thing is that the last several games Philadelphia has played were not bad opponents. We are talking wins against Carolina, Toronto, Boston and then a 2–1 loss in a shootout to the league leading Washington Capitals.
Now, the common theme for the Flyers has been playing past regulation. The Flyers had two-goal leads in most of these games but found a way to keep it tied till overtime and/or a shootout.
Yes, you don’t want to rely beating an opponent in overtime and or a shootout, but this shows that the Flyers have an urge of winning these games, and we haven’t seen this in a few seasons.
The Flyers are standing their ground for the most part and showing some of these top NHL teams that they are a top-10 team themselves and a force to be reckoned with in the Metro.
Let’s go back to that Wednesday night rivalry loss to the Capitals.
All I can say is “wow.”
The Flyers held the Caps to one goal until a shootout. The Capitals are the highest-scoring team in the NHL, so that must tell you something, Flyers haters. If we can compete with teams like the Caps and play to this level, there’s no doubt the Flyers will be in the playoffs at the end of the season and will be a tough team to play for sure.
The young talent has shined this season amongst the Flyers’ depth chart. Travis Konecny, Oscar Lindblom, Joel Farabee and new defensemen Philippe Myers have showed they can compete with some of the other top line parings throughout the NHL.
Of course, we can’t forget about our veteran players like Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Jake Voracek, James van Riemsdyk and, newly acquired this season, Kevin Hayes. There are so many more players to mention because that’s how good the Flyers’ depth throughout all their lines have been.
Like I said, it’s not just the players, as the goalies have been solid themselves.
Let’s start with Carter Hart having six wins and three losses so far this season. Hart had a few bad games this season but has for sure turned around the cycle. His goals against average have gone down to a 2.53, and his save percentage hit .904. He also have one shutout this season. If Hart keeps up what he is doing, the Flyers will make a deep playoff run.
We can’t forget about Brian Elliot, Hart’s role model who has four wins and two losses with 2.88 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. So, the Flyers look to continue their domination and great team play against these teams upcoming on their schedule even if it must take past regulation time.
The Broad Street Bullies are a very underrated team right now, and that has to change.