Flyers Cheat Sheet: The Home Stretch

photo via kissesforkyle.org

photo via kissesforkyle.org

After incredibly gutsy comeback wins against the Capitals and Canadiens, the Flyers have kept their playoff dreams alive. Now the team has 12 games left to go from the cellar to cinderella. So, instead of our usual cheat sheet, we’re going to look at the remainder of the season.

The Basics:

Record: 16-17-3 (35 points)

Division Rank: 5th

Conference Rank: 11th

Points Leaders:

  1. Jake Voracek: 37 points (15 G, 22 A)
  2. Claude Grioux: 36 points (11 G, 25 A)
  3. Wayne Simmonds 25 points (12 G, 13 A)

Stats:

  • The Flyers currently have the second best power play unit in the league, converting 24.3% of their chances
  • Their penalty kill is 8th best in the league at an 84.2% success rate
  • Zac Rinaldo and Luke Schenn are 4th and 5th in the league in hits with 143 and 136 respectively
  • Ilya Bryzgalov has a .899 save percentage (37th in the league) after 34 games played (2nd in the league)
  • The Flyers average 15.9 PIM a game, 2nd worst in the league
  • Giroux has taken 82 more face offs than the second highest player in the league, winning 54.3%

Injuries:

Marc-Andre Bourdon: Out indefinitely (Concussion)
Braydon Coburn: Out indefinitely (Shoulder)
Nicklas Grossman: On IR (Upper body)
Andrej Meszaros: Out for year (Shoulder)
Danny Briere: On IR (Concussion)
Chris Pronger: Probably retiring (Concussion)
Jody Shelley: Out indefinitely (Hip)
Max Talbot: Out indefinitely (Leg)
Matt Walker: Out for year (Lower body)

Transactions:

Now for the really important stuff:

Playoff Picture:


Team Record Points Gms. Left
7 NY Rangers 18-15-3 39 12
8 New Jersey 15-12-9 39 12
9 NY Islanders 18-16-3 39 11
10 Washington 17-17-2 36 12
11 Flyers 16-17-3 35 12
12 Carolina 16-17-2 34 13
13 Buffalo 14-17-6 34 11
14 Tampa Bay 15-18-2 32 13

Remaining Schedule:

4/4 @ Toronto   7 pm
4/6 @ Winnipeg   3 pm
4/9 @ NY Islanders   7 pm
4/11 vs Ottawa   7 pm
4/13 @ Buffalo   3 pm
4/15 @ Montreal   7:30 pm
4/16 vs NY Rangers   7:30 pm
4/18 vs New Jersey   7:30 pm
4/20 @ Carolina   7 pm
4/23 vs Boston   7:30 pm
4/25 vs NY Islanders   7 pm
4/27 @ Ottawa   7 pm

When the Flyers played a home and home against the Devils roughly three weeks ago they pronounced it as a playoff match-up. Now, every game is a playoff matchup for the Bullies. All of their 12 remaining games are against either current playoff teams or direct competition for the last two playoff seeds. In addition, seven of those games will be on the road.

This may be seen as trouble for some, but frankly it’s the truest way to determine whether or not this team has what it takes. The Flyers are playing much more determined hockey right now and earned their first three game win streak of the season after defeating Montreal last night. So if they’re unable to beat playoff caliber teams in a do or die situation while on a hot streak then they don’t deserve to be a playoff team anyway.

However, if they can continue to play focused physical hockey and perform well on special teams, they could finally blossom into the team that fans expected them to be this year. At least they have a chance.

For those of you interested in more information on the current state of the Flyers, check back over the next few days for an all Flyers minicast.

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Posted on April 4, 2013, in Flyers, Posts, Vince Quinn. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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