“We’re a lot of points away, but I still use the playoffs as a motivation. We’re still not out of it,” Radko Gudas — who has arguably been the Flyers’ best defenseman — told the Inky. “We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves right now. The confidence is getting better and better with every game [where] we have success.”
By Harry Allison
That’s it in a nutshell:
The Flyers are in next-to-last place in the Metro Division with 44 points, and even though they ran up a modest winning streak before this week’s bye for the All-Star game they are 14 points out of a playoff spot.
Sportsclubstats.com estimates the Flyers have a 0.3 percent chance to play in the postseason.
“We’re playing better as a team,” defenseman Ivan Provorov said.
Three straight wins, of course, can’t erase the three mostly miserable months that buried them in the standings.
“We have to learn from the past and look forward and try to get better,” said center Sean Couturier, who leads the Flyers with 19 goals. In recent games, “I think we’ve been more mature in our game and the way we manage the game. Some games we’ve been outshot, but in crucial times we’ve stepped up and got the job done.”
Giroux talked about how the Flyers rallied in the latter stages of last year, overcame an early 10-game losing streak, and made the playoffs. That team, however, had to overcome only an eight–point deficit to earn a playoff berth.
“We’re a real streaky team… We understand we have to get really streaky,” Giroux said last week, referring to the need for a long string of victories. “But the important thing for us is to just go one game at a time.”