After missing the playoffs last year and losing in the first round the year before, the Philadelphia Flyers will return to the postseason! In his first year as head coach Alain Vigneault has led the team to a 41-21-7 record and finished the COVID-19 shortened season with 89 points.
While obviously we weren’t able to complete the 2019-20 season in its entirety, the Flyers were the hottest team in the NHL and were clicking on all cylinders. Now that the NHL return to play plan has been officially announced, the Flyers will be one of the 24 teams competing for the Stanley Cup. We still don’t know the exact dates yet but it’s looking like the middle to end of July when the season will start back up with the 24 team playoff. Because of how well they did while the season was going on, the Flyers managed to get a first round bye and will play the other top three teams in the east to determine the seeding. That means the boys in orange and black could be the one seed in the east after those three games.
While the Flyers are playing their three games against the Lightning, Bruins, and Capitals, the remaining 8 teams in the east will go head to head in best of five series. We won’t know the Flyers opponent until after the qualifying round is over but there are plenty of exciting options.
It will be a good test for the Flyers to see how they fair going up against the top teams in the East after a long layoff. If they come out and play the way they were playing before the season paused, they are going to be a tough team to beat and could very well be on their way to a Stanley Cup…
Travis Konecny finishes with the team lead in goals and points with 61 total(24G 37A) right behind him was Sean Couturier with 59 points(22G 37A). In his first year with the orange and black, Kevin Hayes will finish with 23 goals and 18 assist for 41 points, he also led the team in shorthanded goals with 4. As for the goalies, Carter Hart will finish his season with a 2.42 GAA and a .914 SV% to go along with 24 wins. His backup, Brian Elliott finishes with a 2.87 GAA, .899 SV% and 16 wins. Overall a solid season from top to bottom for the Flyers as they were well on their way to finishing the original regular season strong. Hopefully they will be able to pick up where they left off and i’ll be absolutely hammered parading down Broad Street by the end of the playoffs.
I’ll be previewing all of the NHL playoff matchups over the course of the next few weeks as it’ll lead into the start of the 24 team playoff.
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