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Flyers’ playoff chances up to 1 in 4

Apr 5, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

A four-game winning streak has Philadelphia’s playoff chances all the way up to 25.5 percent, according to Sports Club Stats.

While the Flyers remain a long shot to be playing past April, their odds are considerably shorter than they were last week when they bottomed out at 2.4 percent.


Philadelphia — now 11th in the Eastern Conference, two points back of the eighth-place Rangers — has 11 games left to complete the comeback. The Flyers play Saturday in Winnipeg against a Jets side that’s lost five straight in regulation and Tuesday on the road against an Islanders team that’s one of the pleasant surprises of the season.

A 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs last night in Toronto had Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette raving about his reinvigorated team, which also beat Montreal the night before.

“Shift after shift, nobody wants to let each other down with the work ethic right now,” Laviolette said. “It was a good win. It was a good win on the back-to-back.”

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Awesome! 😀

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Like i said in the other article. I believe the flyers hold on to the 8th seed once they obtain it.
    Pens-flyers round two, NBCSN are you ready?! Haha

    • jpelle82 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      bring it on, would rather see the bryzgalov than lundquist or brodeur in the playoffs

  3. steeljaw87 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Wow four games, The Franchise is probably real nervous. I hope this joke of a squad makes it in so Sid and his super steel jaw can wreck your joke squad

    • jl9830 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Look out: a big, tough, bandwagon-riding Penguins fan!

      • hy3rid28 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Penguins fans – Est. 2005

    • 19to77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      He’ll need a steel jaw to be back in the lineup for the first round, chief. “Soup Can Sid” or whatever you bandwagon stalkers call him is out for ’till at least the conference finals.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        even if he is out 6 weeks, that means he misses the 1st round and thats it…doubt he will miss that much time though, you can bet he will be back for the 1st round

    • timsabourin - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      love these pens trolls

  4. jl9830 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I wouldn’t really call the Islanders a surprise; anyone paying attention the last couple of years knows they’ve been on their way.

  5. steelpenbucs87 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    With another game against the Rangers, two against the Canes, as well as one more against the Lightning, Sens, and Devils, the Pens are going to get a lot of opportunities to affect that race for the last couple playoff spots, as well as preview some of the teams they might see in the first round.

    I love this time of year – playoff hockey starts now :)

  6. wisdomnfl - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM


  7. xflyersx - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Where the hell has this been all season

  8. orangandblack - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Typical Philly build up, lets all prepare or the typical Philly let down. I’ve seen this too much to let myself be excited.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      kinda like the shootout winner to make playoffs a couple years ago?

  9. philly4lyfe - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    they will always be the KC penguins to me.

  10. scalfor3 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Oh please let them sneak into the eighth seed. Just think how much better the first round will be with a Pittsburgh/Philly deathmatch thrown in

  11. isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    The NHL is desperate for the flyers to get in and play the pens, the pens probably don’t want that happening being that based on talent, they are superior to probably everyone in the east if not the whole league and while I’d think the pens would win, Id give the flyers a legit shot to pull off an upset…much more so than if the caps, jets or canes snagged that last spot

  12. killerpgh - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    The Flyers currently have 37 pts with 11 games left. The max they could end up with 59 points if they win out. With 37 pts in 37 games so far they average 1 pt per game play. They have been playing better lately so figure they take 15 pts out of the next 22 possible they will end up with 52 points. The Rangers would need 14 pts in 12 games to stay ahead of them. The Islanders would need 13 points in their last 10 games to stay ahead of them. The Leafs need 9 pts in 11games. The Sens would need 9 pts in 12 games. Those are the playoffs teams. Not only would they have to jump one on those teams, but also jump the Devils as well and one of the southleast teams in the Jets/Capitals. I hope the Flyers get in. But I think they finsh in the 9th/10th spot.

  13. heyzeus143 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Bring em on. Pens fan.

  14. steeljaw87 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Old SteelJaw told his fellow champion teammates to take there foot off the gas for a little and let Filthy sneak in. He wants the world to watch as The Franchise sweeps them in the first round

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Actually it would help the Flyers a lot more if Pittsburgh kept winning since it’s all conference games. Nice attempt at logic though. Is this gamechanger87 now? Formerly ahole and crosberries.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        here’s a clue, misuse of there/their/they’re. either 5hole or gamechanger made a similar mistake earlier.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        it was gamechanger “What ashame, but everyone knew how fragile this weak team is, looks like their done for the season. Oh well, better luck next year brahs”

        if it IS the same guy, it makes it even more hilarious. because he used there when he shoulda used their, and used their when he shoulda used there. what a moron

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Yes I noticed that as well. Plus I’m pretty sure gamechanger87 called Crosby “steel jaw” on another page.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        ::slaps self again:: he used their when he shoulda said they’re*

  15. malvaren18 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Too bad Briere web down with a concussion he could of been Alot of help towards getting this team to the playoffs.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      nonono. Briere is good IN the playoffs. before them…… pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffft. we could use some other guys though. Especially Grossmann and Rinaldo

  16. gamechanger87 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Sorry I’m late, just devoured an award-winning delish Primanti Bros Cap & egg sandwitch. Even our food menus are gamechangers here at the home of The Franchise.

    Look at the Sillidalfia loserd getting there pubes in knots over this longshot so-called “story”. Time for a Soup article already…

    • ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      ah yes, the Cap & Egg sandwich. As we all know, it’s highly superior to a PHILLY CHEESE STEAK.

      you get more and more moronic with every post.

      • handsofsweed - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        Man, you can’t go wrong w either of those sammitches. Not gonna lie.

  17. ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    whew. Kimmo is just a game-time decision tomorrow. what a relief.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Where did you hear this? Great news. Even if he only misses a game. Without him the Flyers would be missing their top 5 dmen (including Pronger).

      • ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

  18. hockeyfan28 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Can the NHL really get that lucky to get Philly/Pitt round 2? Probably not the Devs probably sneak in at 8 and get swept
    by the Pens but man that young group of forwards are starting to come together nicely

  19. rehmer2389 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    The Franchise…..that almost went bankrupt and was sold. The franchise better hope they don’t struggle again or they’ll be cast out like the lowly pirates

  20. broadstbully33 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    It’s sad world all these pens trolls live in.

    • govtminion - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      So you’ve been to Pittsburgh too, huh?

  21. shortsxit34 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Yes, it’s the same guy. He did this last year around the end of the season and had about ten different screen names. He’ll carry on full conversations with himself about how great Crosby is.

    He single-handedly ruined PHT last Spring by spamming each post with dozens of garbage comments like these.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      what a life this guy must have.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:34 PM

  22. jaybyrd99 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Since the rangers blasted them 5-2, the flyers have looked very good . They’ve had gritty wins vs washington and montreal and a nice win vs toronto last night among the 5 game unbeaten. I’m a rangers fan , but have to admit that philly, despite all their injuries, are rallying,and winning , in spite of bryz.

  23. phillyphannn83 - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Its all the same guy, gamechanger87, steeljaw87, franchisetheighs, crosberries, etc. Any post mentioning Sid’s manhood, or “thickness” as he puts it, is the same little kid. Any post mentioning a soup can or the SCA is all the same kid. He comments on a post, changes screen names, and replies to himself to make it look like there are people that agree with him. He’s a sad, sad, sad little boy who has terrible grammar and is obsessed with another man’s junk. He’s too stupid to know how to make it look like different people so its completely obvious which screen names are his. Personally, I didn’t let him ruin PHT for me, he was a constant source of entertainment as I thoroughly enjoyed watching him make an ass of himself and all his fellow “yinzers” which, btw, is the dumbest made-up word I’ve EVER heard. Congrats on that Pittsburgh. You’ve been such a useful contributor to society.

  24. philly4lyfe - Apr 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    i knew about all the other ones being him, but I didn’t think crosberries was him too. I thought I recalled seeing a semi-intelligent post from that user once. perhaps I had that name confused with another.

  25. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Sid should probably get a restraining order against the kid known as (steel jaw, crosberries, franchise thighs, game changer etc) He has a serious phallic obsession with Crosby’s package.

  26. mattyo99 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Crosby got a concusion i bet, and there probaly not giving out that info.. Too bad for him, career gonna end because of injury, maybe not now, but next big hit he’s done.

  27. joewilliesshnoz - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Primante’s sandwich, good. Philthy’s vomit on a bun, bad.

  28. handsofsweed - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Philly’s chances @ 25%? Not anymore. Cut that down to 12%.

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