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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.

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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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