Philadelphia Flyers Streaking Into Olympic Break

By John Rader
Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers Captain
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Just two weeks ago, the Philadelphia Flyers were dominated 6-1 by the Boston Bruins, suffered their fourth-straight loss and were preparing to pack their bags for a west coast trip that featured games against three of the top teams in the NHL. They appeared to be in desperate need on the Olympic break to regroup and make a run at the playoffs. This afternoon, the Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 and recorded their fourth consecutive win.

Since the lopsided loss to the Bruins, the Flyers have played very good hockey. The dangerous west coast trip was a great success, with the team taking two of three games, including one of the Flyers’ best performances of the season against the highly talented San Jose Sharks. Upon returning home to play two final games before the break, the Flyers continued their great play, defeating the Colorado Avalanche and the Flames.

The four game win streak ties their longest such streak of the season, and landed the Flyers in third place in the Metropolitan Division, good for a playoff spot. The Flyers return to the ice on February 27 when they host the Sharks, as they hope to carry the current momentum into the final stretch of the regular season.

The Flyers’ remaining schedule features high-quality opponents who will also be fighting for playoff positions. Of the team’s final 23 games, the Flyers will have the luxury of playing 14 games at home, but will face 15 teams who currently hold a playoff spot. Over their last 18 home games, the Flyers are a remarkable 14-3-1.

With five Flyers headed to Sochi, the rest of the team will look to rest and get focused for a playoff run. Claude Giroux has been one of the best players in all of the NHL over the last month, and was snubbed by the Canadian National Team twice. You better believe he is going to come out and play with a chip on his shoulder and lead this team to an impressive run after the break.

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