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AMONG THE BEST

Flyers have quietly been one of the best teams in the NHL for quite some time

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 5:02 PM ET / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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AMONG THE BEST
The Flyers have just 33 games to go and in the brutally tight Eastern Conference, they are only three points ahead of non-playoff teams.\r\n\r\nConsidering as well as they\u2019ve played in the past 34 games (69 percent of the season thus far) it just goes to show how hard it is to overcome a slow start like 1-7-0, even if that\u2019s only eight games.\r\n\r\nThe Flyers have the fifth-best record in the NHL (and second-best in the Eastern Conference) since Claude Giroux scored his first goal \u2013 against Edmonton at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 9.

The Flyers have just 33 games to go and in the brutally tight Eastern Conference, they are only three points ahead of non-playoff teams.

Considering as well as they’ve played in the past 34 games (69 percent of the season thus far) it just goes to show how hard it is to overcome a slow start like 1-7-0, even if that’s only eight games.

The Flyers have the fifth-best record in the NHL (and second-best in the Eastern Conference) since Claude Giroux scored his first goal – against Edmonton at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 9.

Still, despite bettering everyone in the conference for more than two months – the Flyers are only maintaining a three-point edge.

True, they climbed over six teams along the way to go from last in the Metropolitan Division on Nov. 8 to second in the division today, but with the way points are handed out in the NHL in overtime and shootouts, it’s hard to get separation in the standings, no matter how well you do.

With 55 points (25-19-5) the Flyers will basically have to play similarly as well over the final 33 games as they did the previous 34 (21-9-4) to guarantee a playoff berth.

It’s likely the Flyers will need to accrue 39 of a possible 66 points to guarantee that spot, which would be a record like 18-12-3. Of course, that’s definitely doable and doesn’t seem impossible, except the Flyers have the second toughest schedule remaining in the Eastern Conference with 22 of their 33 remaining games coming against current playoff teams. Only Detroit plays more (23).

And despite the Flyers playing more games at home (19) than on the road (14) the rest of the way, the split against playoff teams is identical – 11 at home and 11 on the road.

In short, the Flyers should be happy that they’ve made a huge push and par playing on par with the likes of the Ducks, Blackhawks, Penguins and Blues, but at the same time need to realize they have to continue to do the same against their toughest stretch of competition yet.

Here are the records of NHL teams since Nov. 8:

1. Anaheim Ducks 24-6-4 52 points

2. Chicago Blackhawks 22-6-7 51 points

3. Pittsburgh Penguins 23-7-2 48 points

4. St. Louis Blues 22-8-3 47 points

5. FLYERS 21-9-4 46 points

6. San Jose Sharks 21-10-2 44 points

7. Boston Bruins 21-10-2 44 points

8. Los Angeles Kings 19-8-6 44 points

9. Colorado Avalanche 19-10-5 43 points

10. Montreal Canadiens 19-9-4 42 points

11. Columbus Blue Jackets 19-10-4 42 points

12. New York Rangers 18-13-3 39 points

13. Tampa Bay Lightning 17-12-5 39 points

14. New Jersey Devils 16-12-7 39 points

15. Minnesota Wild 18-15-1 37 points

16. Vancouver Canucks 14-11-7 35 points

17. Winnipeg Jets 16-14-3 35 points

18. Ottawa Senators 15-13-5 35 points

19. Toronto Maple Leafs 15-15-5 35 points

20. Carolina Hurricanes 14-11-6 34 points

21. Washington Capitals 13-11-8 34 points

22. Florida Panthers 15-14-3 33 points

23. Dallas Stars 13-13-6 32 points

24. Phoenix Coyotes 12-12-7 31 points

25. Detroit Red Wings 12-12-7 31 points

26. Nashville Predators 13-17-5 31 points

27. New York Islanders 13-17-4 30 points

28. Buffalo Sabres 10-13-6 26 points

29. Edmonton Oilers 11-19-4 26 points

30. Calgary Flames 10-18-5 25 points

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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