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PHT Extra: What’s to make of the Flyers’ resurgence?

Dec 3, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

Steve Mason, Claude Giroux AP

The Flyers may have lost last night in Minnesota, but things have gotten decidedly better since they started the season 4-10-1.

Philadelphia is now 12-13-2, just two points back of the Rangers for third place in the Atlantic Division.

So…should Flyers fans be enthused that their team is right back in the thick of the playoff race, or should they still be pretty worried at some of the things they’re seeing?

Also, if there’s one team currently occupying a playoff spot in the East that the Flyers could replace by the end of the regular season, which team is it?

Our answers below:

And don’t forget, the Flyers will take on the Red Wings tomorrow on NBCSN, starting at 8 p.m. ET, live from Joe Louis Arena.

  1. President Charles Logan - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Steve Mason has played better then alot of us naysayers thought he would.
    I still think they are really inconsistent and they dont scare anybody when they play at home.
    Playoff team? I think they are , they’ll wind up around the 6-8 spots . They need Lecavalier healthy and productive all year to stay afloat .

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I didn’t believe it until recently, but if the Leafs continue to get outshot the way they have, they might be the unlucky ones/lucky to get a wild card spot. While Detroit has won some pretty impressive games (see Bruins), they have also lost some pretty devastating games to teams they had no business losing to. Goaltending needs to hold up. They deserve better. Tampa had a great start, but can they continue without Stamkos they way they have long term? I think that leaves the Bruins and Pittsburgh as the only sure shots in the East, with Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, New York, Tampa, and New York fighting it out with Philly for the final spots or the wild card.

    If I had to guess the Metropolitan, Washington will be the team in the Metro that falls the most, but still clinches the 2nd spot, Philly somehow, someway taking the last spot in the Atlantic, and New York on the outside looking in with the Wildcard. The latter two could easily be reversed with NY taking the 3rd spot, and Philly taking the wild card.

    However, the problem is in the Atlantic as far as the Wildcard goes, as Montreal, Detroit, and Toronto all will fighting for points, and I could easily see two teams from the Atlantic taking the two Wildcard spots leaving either Philly, or New York out. Its all going to come down to the Atlantic and how well Toronto plays from here on out that decides if those two teams from the Metropolitan have a chance for the Wildcard spots.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      Edit-

      Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, New York, Tampa, and New Jersey fighting it out with Philly for the final spots or the wild card.

  3. steelers88 - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Great goaltending and more scoring that about sums it up.

  4. steelers88 - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    By the way how is Philly and Detroit a rivalry? Biggest stretch of the year.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      well they did kill us in the 97 Finals, but yeah, other than that, there’s not a lot of history there.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        lol have you seen the commercial for it? they use the “similarity” of the cities’ characters to justify calling it a rivalry.

        I will say though that as a kid, when the Wings beat the Flyers then the Caps the next year, I hated them for a while…. until I found out what conferences were.

  5. thecheeman - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Kay Adams carrying Brough and Halford through yet another segment

    • Mike Halford - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Maybe you didn’t notice my new blue shirt.

      • thecheeman - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        I’m 99% certain you and JB are answering questions from a scrolling telestrator and they’re splicing in Kay asking the questions later. I’m on to this operation.

  6. crazemastercraze - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    In a few days the story will be will be how the Flyers are Stanley cup contenders after winning one game against a team that’s barely above .500.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      it’s funny that you’re the only one on PHT, including the writers, that talks about them winning the cup right now.

  7. muckleflugga - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    97 cup finals pre-game predictions:

    game one:

    bobby orr…flyers in four, they’re huge and will absolutely dominate the smaller wings

    game two:

    bobby orr…flyers in five, they’re huge and will absolutely dominate the smaller wings

    game three:

    mr. orr…mr. orr…has anyone seen mr. orr…?

  8. csilojohnson - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Flyers should be worried they somehow ended up back in the Atlantic…..

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