Well, it’s the offseason for the Flyers and their fans. As we wait for the playoffs to rap up and for a new Stanley Cup Champion to be crowned I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the Flyers’ past playoff opponents. It seems to be that teams who make it past the Flyers during the playoffs go on to make deep runs for The Cup.
We’ll start with the most recent opponents and work our way back through the years.
2012 playoffs- The Flyers were bounced in the second round by the New Jersey Devils. The Devils worked their way to the Finals where they lost to the LA Kings.
2011 playoffs- The Flyers were swept out by the Boston Bruins in the first round. The Bruins went on to win The Cup in the Finals over the Vancouver Canucks.
2010 playoffs- The Flyers made a run of their own to the Finals where they were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks. It was the first time since 1997 that Flyers returned to the Stanley Cup Finals.
2009 playoffs- This is a painful one… The Flyers were knocked out in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins then went on to win The Cup.
2008 playoffs- The Flyers would lose to the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Penguins then lost to the Red Wings in Stanley Cup Finals.
2006-2007- The Flyers weren’t in the playoffs this year, but I feel that it is necessary to reflect on the travesty that was this season. Also, lets not forget the draft that caused the Flyers to miss out on Patrick Kane and ultimately end up with Luke Schenn.
2006 playoffs- The Flyers lost in the First Round to the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres would make it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals where they lost to the Hurricanes, the eventual winners that year.
2004 playoffs- The Flyers would lose in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning would go on to win the Stanley Cup.
Over the last 10 or so seasons the teams that have found success against the Flyers also found overall success by ultimately winning the Stanley Cup or making deep runs into the playoffs.
As for this season, the New York Rangers have made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals and are a game away from punching to their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. In case anyone forgot the Rangers dispatched the Flyers in the First Round a few weeks ago.
It would seem that the quest for the Stanley Cup runs through the Philadelphia Flyers.
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