The Flyers have their busiest month of the season in February, as they will play 15 games. They will play five straight away from home as ventriloquist/standup comedian Jeff Dunham and then the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will play the Wells Fargo Center.
Why a dude with some puppets needs an arena to play in is beyond me, but I’m not making this up.
In that five game road trip mentioned earlier, the Flyers play at the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes, all teams with as many or more points than the Flyers, aside from Toronto.
For the Flyers, rallying back in their last game against the Montreal Canadiens was a big morale boost for their team. Their rally included killing off a five minute power play late in the third period to preserve a one goal lead. That is the kind of character building win a team fighting for a playoff spot needs.
“Going down the backstretch we’re playing a lot of teams in our division and the conference,” said Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds. “If we can handle our business, we should be fine.”
Wayne Simmonds had two goals in the Montreal game and figures to be a key contributor going down the stretch. He spoke more about the importance of the Montreal victory.
“It’s a four-point swing tonight. We were two points behind Montreal. We didn’t allow them to get the two and we got the two. This is a huge win for us.”
Some think that having a games every other day is a good thing.
“I like that we have games every other day,” winger Jake Voracek said. “I don’t like practice. I’d rather play games. It’s good for us, but we’ve got to make sure we find a way to win games like we did tonight.”
Many of the Flyers point back to the Montreal win as a monumental kind of win, prompting them to realize that if they can put a string of high-quality games together, like against the Canadiens, they carry the possibility of playoffs in their own hands. They control their own fate.
Though the Flyers are 26th in penalty killing, they managed to eke out a big kill against the Canadiens, a five minute power play that they mercilessly slaughtered. If the Flyers are to go on some sort of streak they need their special teams to step up in a big way and need their big guys to score big goals.