Philadelphia Flyers Have Challenges Ahead

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Down the stretch they come. The Philadelphia Flyers have 17 games left to play this season and it is not going to be easy at all. It’s so tough, that only three of their remaining games are against teams not currently in a playoff position. Those three games couldn’t come at a better time for the orange and black, though. The three games will be in a mix with two others to wrap up what is hopefully just the regular season for Philly.

The colossal quest to secure a playoff spot will continue this weekend when the Flyers take on their most hated rivals from the Metropolitan Division, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The following games will have huge implications for the fate of the Flyers. That’s obvious considering the current Eastern Conference playoff standings. However, it will be the final two games against an opponent from the east that Philly will play for about a week.

After the home and home with Pittsburgh, Philly will go up against four straight Western Conference opponents in a matter of six days. It will be a nice chance for the Flyers to take advantage and gain some much needed ground in the east.  After the series with the Penguins, Philadelphia will have four games left against divisional opponents that stand in the way.

Pittsburgh pretty much has nothing to play for except for a home advantage bid, but they will not let the Flyers off easy at all. Don’t expect the boys from Broad Street to let the Penguins push them around either. Pittsburgh will visit Philadelphia on Saturday before the teams swap on Sunday.

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

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