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Resurgent Flyers ‘need to become road warriors’ now

Nov 25, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

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After starting the season 4-10-1, the Philadelphia Flyers have done well to get back in the playoff race. But now they face another challenge — eight road games in their next nine, starting tonight in Florida against a Panthers side that just went 2-2-1 on a tough five-game journey of its own.

“This is a challenge,” Flyers d-man Braydon Coburn said, per CSN Philly. “Anytime you go on the road for an extended period of time, it’s a challenge to the hockey club. You need to become road warriors.”

The Flyers have six wins and a shootout loss in their last seven, and that’s good. But with the exception of Pittsburgh, their competition over that stretch wasn’t. Two wins came versus imploding Ottawa; the three others over Edmonton, Buffalo, and the Islanders, currently three of the four worst teams in the NHL.

Of note, the last time the Flyers played the Panthers, on Oct. 8, goalie Steve Mason stopped 33 of 34 shots to earn Philadelphia its first victory of the season.

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    no beefs except: Imploding Ottowa? they were on a 3-game win streak when we came in and won 5-0 in Ottowa. then they beat the Bruins and we beat ’em again. if anything, the Flyers are the reason people are even SAYING Ottowa is imploding.

  2. joey4id - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    They certainly showed that have a lot character on that team by overcoming a 1-7-0 start. No reason for them not to succeed unless Berube is out coached. Go Flyers.

  3. LampyB - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Despite beating some bad teams the flyers looked solid. No reason this shouldnt translate into wins against some tough matchups. Their game looks great right now

  4. President Charles Logan - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    lol so now joey is a flyers bandwagon hopper … how cute

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    It sure would be nice to see this talented roster get over the .500 mark tonight. The Flyers and Eagles are finally starting to make Philadelphia sports enjoyable again, after a year of horrid performances from all four major teams. I wasn’t too sure about Berube as head coach but I really do like his system and the players seemed to have picked it up. No more leaving the goalie out to dry (sorry Bryz, altho you sucked too). My one complaint with the “1 1/2” forecheck (as they call it) is that it sometimes makes puck possession difficult down low, but the forwards have been outworking the competition and that’s what’s led to this points streak. Well that, and Steve Mason.

    I wonder if Mason gets the start tonight? I’d think it’d be a good night for Emery to get some work.

  6. ufostomper - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    It’s mason vs Thomas

  7. tmi79 - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    No one has looked to deep at this “resurgents.” The Flyers are now a .500 hockey team for the first time this season. If you look at at their 10 wins it’s against opponents that have a combined record of 71-100-20 . Their ten losses are against opponents that have a combined record of 126-82-33. The Flyers have been feasting on the league bottom feeders for most of their wins. Only 2 wins vs teams with winning records, Pittsburgh and N.Y Rangers. I’ll believe this resurgents when they string together wins against teams in the top tier of the league. All they’ve proved so far is that they are superior to Buffalo, Edmonton, and Florida.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Agreed but you have to get your feet wet…..Confidence can do wonders in many ways!

  8. crazemastercraze - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    They lost to the worst team in the league…. But still, engrave their names on the silver ring…..

    • ibieiniid - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      idgi. is your thinking that we can’t support our team until they win a cup? gtfo of here moron.

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