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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 / 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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 62 19 45 4 64
C. Giroux 61 18 41 2 59
W. Simmonds 62 24 18 -2 42
M. Streit 62 8 32 -4 40
B. Schenn 62 12 23 -3 35
S. Couturier 62 12 14 -2 26
M. Del Zotto 50 7 17 -7 24
M. Read 62 5 18 -9 23
M. Raffl 47 13 3 4 16
V. Lecavalier 44 7 9 -9 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 11 13 7 .925 2.26
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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