Philadelphia Flyers: Regular Season Gut Check

FlyersThe Philadelphia Flyers enter the home stretch with 17 games remaining on the schedule.  It starts with back-to-back games against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  A few really good questions are going to be answered in the next two weeks.  Are the Flyers good enough to make the Playoffs?  What kind of success might they have even if they do make it in?

The Penguins, Blackhawks (reigning Stanley Cup Champions) , Stars, Blues, Kings, Rangers, Maple Leafs, and Bruins are the opponents that are coming up.  They represent some of the best teams in the NHL and ones that are most favored to win it all this year.  If that doesn’t get the blood flowing for Philly they have no business being in the playoffs this year.  Each and every year when the NHL releases its up coming schedule there are games that get circled.  Well… these next two weeks should be circled.  Was the poor start of the season nothing more than a fluke?  Will they come out and put the rest of the league on notice that they are in fact a team to fear?  Will they fully commit to better team defense on a consistent basis against the NHL best?  Is Steve Mason the answer to the ever persist goaltending question in Philly?  It’s time to see what the 2013/14 Philadelphia Flyers are really made of.

***It’s crazy to think that the Flyers haven’t played the Penguins since a 2-1 victory on November 13.  Geez!! I really believe NHL schedule makers just throw darts at a board when they come up with it every year.

***The Flyers got their butts handed to them pretty good the last time they played the Blackhawks in Chicago (7-2).  They seemed to hold their own in the first period and in the next two they were just completely outmatched.  I don’t see the Flyers being that bad against Chicago on Tuesday.  I felt then and I still do now that the Blackhawks are a better team but I think the Flyers pull this one out at home.

***Why is it I still see people writing about how Shea Weber should be the Flyers number one target in the off-season via trade with Nashville?  Let me repeat myself…NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ANY TIME SOON!!!!  It’s not that it couldn’t happen, but the Philly would have to give up an absurd return to the Preds to make it work. So I would say “NO. Keep Dreaming.”

***Speaking of the offseason…Is it just me or is this up-coming free agent list kinda ugly.  Yeah there are a handful of names that are pretty darn good but some of them are getting up there in age especially on defense.  The Flyers should definitely not go crazy in free agency this off-season.

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