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Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his second-period power-play goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The Maple Leafs won, 4-3, in a shootout. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/TNS)

This article contains opinion.

The Philadelphia Flyers so far this season have been a little bit of a roller coaster.

They started the season solid and then went on a losing streak and then gained some points and pretty much repeated that pattern. 

Great news for the Flyers fans is that James Van Riemsdyk has been producing more points recently, which is what was expected for him earlier on in the season, but he has finally been getting on the score sheet. Kevin Hayes has also been a factor. along with Oscar Lindblom and Travis Konecny, leading the team in points. 

Besides individual stats, team play has improved the last two games. After suffering a huge 7–1 loss Tuesday to the Flyer’s Pennsylvania rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, they have turned things around somewhat. 

It started out with a 4–3 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. The powerplay for the Flyers has been solid so far this season along with being one of the best teams in the faceoff circle in the NHL as well. These factors showed in their last several games besides the Pittsburgh game. 

Even though it took the Flyers into overtime to beat the Devils, they had solid second and third periods for sure. Yes, the Devils look bad in the standings right now, but the paper doesn’t show everything. 

The Devils have been in almost every game so far this season, but they kept blowing the lead they had. If the Devils played a complete 60-minute game every game, they would have found themselves in the top of the standings right now. 

The Flyers did manage to steal a point against the tough and tricky Toronto Maple Leafs. Considering the team Toronto is, the Flyers should have been pleased with their performance because the Flyers also had another good second and third period along with a decent first period for once. If the Flyers can play closer games against teams of these caliber, then the Flyers should be a lethal team down the stretch. 

The Flyers are currently fifth in the Metropolitan division with a 6–5–2 record and 14 points on the season so far. The Flyers find themselves three points out of a wild card spot, and if they keep finding ways to improve their game, the Orange and Black will find a way to make the playoffs. 

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