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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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