WORST-TO-FIRST FLYERS RIDING MRAZEK AS FAR AS HE CAN TAKE THEM!

By Mary Cunningham

The Flyers have come a long way in a couple of months.

In late November and early December, they endured a 10-game losing streak, and they looked like the worst team in the NHL

But since then they have become one of the best!

The once-laughable Flyers are 26-8-3 since December 4, and they actually moved into first place – at least temporarily — in the Metro Division. The Washington Capitals took it back Tuesday night, but there’s something special about head coach Dave Hakstol’s team.

The Flyers went from last place to first, and they have the kind of talent that can take this team a long way during the postseason.

“Chemistry is a big part of this game,’’ Hakstol said. “I think that’s been a major factor in our group being able to dig out of a real big hole a couple of months back and continue battling together.”

The big question about the Flyers concerns their goaltending.

General manager Ron Hextall acquired Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings after injuries to Brian Elliott and Michael Neuvirth, and Mrazek has made a strong first impression with a 3-0 record along with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage.

That’s a great start, but Mrazek has not shown that he can carry the load and dominate for a team – especially in the postseason. Goaltending has been an issue in Philadelphia for years, and Mrazek can’t suffer any downturn or the Flyers are likely to find themselves in trouble in the postseason.

However, if Mrazek can shock the world, this team is quite dangerous and as hungry as any team in the league.

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