Nov 27, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers Will Be Tested In December

When the 2013-14 regular season has ended, the Philadelphia Flyers will look back on the month of December as a let down or down fall.

The orange and black have fourteen games to play in December. Ten of those fourteen games will be on the road. Tonight the Flyers will begin the first of a six-game road trip against the injury-riddled Nashville Predators. To this point, November has been much kinder to the Flyers than October. After going 3-8 in October, including a 1-7 start, the Flyers have put together an 8-4-2 record in November, including going 7-2-1 in their last ten.

The Flyers will be tested this upcoming road trip. Five of their next six opponents have winning records and the road trip caps off against the Chicago Blackhawks on national television. Road trips can help a team build chemistry and can help the team grow closer to one another. After the six-game trip, the Flyers will then get a short respite from the road when the play three of four at home against the Montreal Canadiens, the Washington Capitals in a home-and-home series and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The games against the Capitals and Blue Jackets are crucial because both are in the Metropolitan Division with the Flyers and the orange and black are in a tight battle to grab as many points as possible.

Toward the end of December, the Flyers will take their annual west coast trip across Canada. The orange and black will face off against the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. At this point in the season, none of those teams has a winning record in their home arenas. Once their trip in the Great White North is completed, the Flyers will trek back across the country to play the Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils.

The Flyers have been playing well as of late, but most of those games have been against sub-.500 or .500 teams. Regardless, the Flyers have beaten those teams while playing some impressive hockey. December will be a true measuring stick of how good the Flyers really are as a unit. If they make the playoffs, they will look back and see December as a turning point and confidence booster for them

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