Philadelphia Flyers Must Win Gimme Games

By Steven Smith
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The Philadelphia Flyers picked up a nice 4-1 victory over a great Minnesota Wild team last night at the Wells Fargo Center.  However, two nights before, Philadelphia was obliterated by an awful Columbus Blue Jackets team by a score of 6-3. While the orange and black are currently sitting in a playoff spot, they need to play a lot better against teams they should be easily defeating. If they don’t, they won’t be holding onto that playoff spot too much longer.

The Flyers look somewhat of an unworthy playoff team team right now. Saturday night’s loss to the Blue Jackets marks the seventh game that the Flyers have lost to a team with a losing record this season. Philadelphia is currently a playoff team due to how terrible their division is. Believe it or not, four of the seven losses Philadelphia has suffered against a losing team came against three teams in their division, the New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricane and the Blue Jackets.

Philadelphia has posted 17 wins so far this season. The downside is that only six of those wins have come against teams with a record of .500 or better. 11 of their victories have come against teams with a losing record, so there isn’t really any excuse for them to be losing some of the games they are.

If the Flyers don’t shape up and keep losing to the league’s “bottom of the barrel” teams, their playoff run is going to be a lot more difficult than it needs to be. The remaining opponents for Philadelphia have a winning percentage of .509. With 15 games in their remaining schedule involving teams with losing records, one would think that the Flyers would be a shoo-in for a playoff spot; but with the way they have been playing against the chums of the NHL, nothing looks promising.

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