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The Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) is checked by the Philadelphia Flyers' Tyler Pitlick during the third period at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Flyers won, 7-2. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images/TNS)

The Flyers are on a mission right now looking to secure a spot in the Eastern Conference 2020 playoffs. 

The Orange and Black have been on a roll as of late. 

This season is a different breed as far as the standings go. The Eastern Conference has been a dominate division and doesn’t look like it’s slowing down. 

The Flyers have rallied and made a statement against some of the best teams in the NHL recently and some of the lowest teams. 

In the past few weeks, it started with a 3–0 shutout win against the Detroit Red Wings in Michigan. 

This might have not have been a big surprise who you thought would have won this game, but the Flyers have had trouble on the road this season. They have been very inconsistent on the road, and that’s about it. They have beaten the best teams on the road, which has been a great lift for Philadelphia. 

So, with that big shutout against the Wings, the Flyers headed back to the Wells Fargo Center a few days later where they took on the New Jersey Devils. 

With shutting out the Devils 4–0 in their previous meeting earlier on with Carter Hart in net, Brian Elliott would look to do the same. 

Unfortunately, things did not go well that game for Philly as New Jersey shut the Flyers out 5–0, which has been rare for Philadelphia to lose on home ice this season. 

The Broad Street Bullies put the embarrassing loss to the Devils behind as they had a tough Washington team on the road to face a few days after. 

Elliott was looking to rebound, and he sure did that as well as the offense exploding for the Flyers. The Flyers went on to win 7–2 at Capital One Arena and put a bold statement to the Capitals and the NHL. 

This was another prime example why the Orange and Black are a team to be reckoned with in the NHL, especially in the Eastern Conference. When Philadelphia has its lines rolling and Hart and Elliot are playing well, they are tough to beat. 

The Flyers had then gone back to the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Center to face a tough and pesky Florida Panthers team. Hart was between the pipes and made his return off injury. He looked just fine as the Flyers took care of the Cats 4–1. 

The Flyers did a great job holding off the Big Cats’ offensive weapons like Jonathon Huberdeau, Alexsander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov as well as Mike Hoffman. The Flyers played well in the neutral zone and held them off for the most part. 

The Flyers’ fourth liners like Connor Bunnaman and Nicholas Aube-Kubel were also a key factor in the 4–1 win as they created a lot of offensive chances. 

The Flyers’ most recent game was against another Metropolitan opponent, the New York Islanders,  who are one of the top defensive teams. 

Dangerous offensive players like Matthew Barzal and Brock Nelson were to be a lookout for in the game. The list goes on and on, but the Islanders took a 3–0 lead against Philly early on. 

The Flyers were able to tie it back up late in the game, but the Islanders would win 5–3 in regulation. With not even 40 seconds left, Ryan Pulock would take a slapshot from Matt Barzal at the point and rip it past Elliot’s blocker to break the score. 

The Orange and Black were close to taking the game to overtime, but they could not quite get there. The Flyers look to bounce back and get in the win column as they must keep earning points.

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