There is an obscene amount of good things that can be said about how good the Philadelphia Flyers have been playing lately. Despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in a shootout last night, Philly still managed to pick up another ever-so-important point. Having already beaten the Blues a week and a half ago, the Flyers took three of a possible four points from them on the season.
With Sunday’s shootout loss to the Boston Bruins, the Flyers have now taken at least one point from the top two teams in the league in back-to-back games. They’ve been able to do so without veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen and No. 1 goalie Steve Mason. Not only are they showing maturity and improvement in their depth, they are proving to the rest of the NHL that the team is very much a Stanley Cup contender.
With a little help from the Colorado Avalanche last night, Philly was able to maintain its four-point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philly’s foes for Thursday night’s contest. With just seven games remaining in the regular season, the Flyers will play three of those games against teams that are virtually out of playoff contention.
According to sportsclubstats.com, with the earned point last night, Philly’s playoff chances are now up to 99.3 percent. The implications of Thursday night’s game with the Jackets could very well be the deal-breaker for Philadelphia. If they can earn two points, they’ll separate themselves by six points from the Blue Jackets with just six games remaining.
Philadelphia needs six more points to clinch a playoff spot. They could virtually go 0-1-6 and still make the playoffs. We’ve found the magic number, folks.