The Philadelphia Flyers will be ending a long 11-day road trip when they square off against the New Jersey Devils tonight at the Prudential Center. It was a thrilling and successful trip for the orange and black. On top of accumulating a 4-1 record on the trip, the Flyers were also able to get a huge morale boost by defeating some of the best teams in the west. As pleasant as the trip was for Philadelphia, their most recent accomplishment stems from before the start of the road trip.
The sudden surge of success started about three weeks ago with a big 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals. About a week later, Philadelphia went on to clobber a streaking Minnesota Wild team by a score of 4-1. Defeating some of the teams they have over these past few weeks is a feat in itself, but it sort of takes away from the overall achievement. Philadelphia has quickly, yet quietly, become one of the hottest teams in the NHL.
It’s easy to overlook the fact due to a few injury issues and Olympic roster announcements, but believe it or not, Philadelphia is a dazzling 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. In the process of building that record, they also now find themselves sitting in second place in the Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia is playing so hot right now that only the Anaheim Ducks (9-1-0), Pittsburgh Penguins (8-2-0) and St. Louis Blues (7-1-2) have a better record in their last ten games.
Philadelphia is dangerous right now, and if teams don’t wake up and realize how lethal they can be the Flyers will sting them.