Tonight is a massive night in Philadelphia sports. With Eagles season over, the Sixers back in mediocrity, and no XFL team in sight; the Flyers may be our saving grace. The Metropolitan is STACKED this season, with every team but the Rangers and Devils hunting for the wild card spots.
The Flyers currently have a record of 32-20-7 for a pretty good 71 points. The problem is that the Columbus Blue Jackets have 72 points in wild card spot #1, and the Islanders holding on to the last playing of spot in the metro with 73 points. How the playoffs work is that each division, three teams get in, and two wild card teams for either division can make it in. The Flyers are in wild card spot #2. Still following me?
The Flyers next two games are against the aforementioned Blue Jackets, a team in my opinion that is incredibly impressive. Especially considering they lost Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Ryan Dzingel, Adam Mcquaid, and Keith Kinkaid. So if your counting that is a pretty solid first or second line, bottom four defensemen, and backup goalie. All of which poached by other NHL teams. CBJ took a roll and lost season after sweeping the Lightning, and they have rebounded well.
If the Flyers can beat the Blue Jackets and take a commanding 4 points over them, it could give them some much needed breathing room. With a win tonight the Flyers can jump both the Islanders and Blue Jackets, knocking the Isles into a wild card spot. DO NOT sleep on Carolina, they are still in the hunt along with Florida for the wild card spot.
The Flyers all time record against Columbus is 15-21-7, but that doesn’t matter. Puck drop is 7:00PM in Philadelphia, and of course I have a night class, but everyone should what this February Playoff hockey atmosphere tonight. The Flyers are ready to get to work and get these four points. Sadly, the Flyers have yet to report the lines for tonight.
In other news, we still have no word on Nolan Patrick or Ghosts return. It does seem like when they are both ready they will be heading up the turnpike to Leigh Valley for conditioning stints. Also, tonight for the Blue Jackets will be the NHL debut of New Jersey native Eric Robinson. It has been reported by Dave Isaac that he got 75 passes for his friends and family tonight.
Lets go Flyers.