Special Teams Has Been Key For Philadelphia Flyers

By Steven Smith
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They just don’t make it easy, do they?  The most dramatic team on ice was at it again last night.  The Philadelphia Flyerswho lately have been known for leaving fans on the edge of their seats, found another way to win in thrilling fashion, and it’s a good thing they did.  Losing a third straight to any team, let alone the worst team in the NHL, would have caused a fury in a city prided on its “brotherly love.”  Nevertheless, when it was all said and done, Philadelphia was victorious over the Buffalo Sabres, squeaking by with a 4-3 victory.  The orange and black may be clutch as of late, but what’s more impressive is how poised they’ve been in the special teams department.

Philadelphia succeeded in scoring at least one power-play goal for the second straight game last night. Over the past six game, they’re an impressive 6-for-24 in power-play opportunities.  Their 33 power-play goals is good enough for eighth in the league, so it’s to no one’s surprise that the Flyers continued to have success last night.

Even more impressive than their power-play is their penalty-killing play.  Philadelphia has been able to kill off 30-of-31 (96.1 percent) chances over the course of their last nine games.  Philadelphia is ranked second in the month of January and seventh in the entire season for their penalty kill play.

Consistency hasn’t been a problem in the special teams department all year for Philly.  It’s just nice to see it come into full swing at such a crucial time.

Steven Smith is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.  

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