The way Ed Snider was talking after this weekend’s pair of Flyers victories, you’d think his team was on one serious roll.
“These guys never, ever stop believing in themselves,” Snider said, per CSN Philly. “They won’t quit. … We’re just playing a tough brand of hockey. It’s hard to play against us.”
To be sure, the two wins Saturday and Sunday over Nashville and Washington were impressive. Those are good teams, and Philadelphia played well against them.
And to be fair, the Flyers are 7-1-4 since the All-Star break. Which is a pretty good record.
Still — and not to be a Debbie Downer here — the two wins over the Preds and Caps were preceded by a four-game stretch in which the Flyers played bottom feeders Columbus and Buffalo twice each and took just four of eight points. Philadelphia’s only win in that four-game stretch — a stretch that represented a prime opportunity to make up even more ground in the standings — was a 2-1 decision over the Sabres.
Per Sports Club Stats, the Flyers still have an 8 percent chance of making the playoffs. Starting tonight versus Carolina (on NBCSN), they’ll need to go in the neighborhood of 14-5-3 in their last 22 games to give themselves a shot.
“It’s pretty wild, when you think about it,” Snider said. “[Steve] Mason has been out and we’ve still been able to accomplish what we’ve been able to accomplish.”
Nothing wrong with a glass-half-full attitude, we suppose.