The Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff hopes were hanging on by a thread ahead of their weekend games against the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. After losing in overtime to the Bruins and 5-2 against the Devils, it would take a miracle for Philadelphia to make the postseason.
To put it into numbers, Philadelphia would need to go 13-1-1 the rest of the way to reach the 96-point mark. Even if the Flyers manage to pull off that amazing feat, they will only have a 58.4% chance of making the playoffs, according to Sports Club Stats.
“Everybody’s pretty frustrated,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux told CSN Philly after losing to New Jersey. “I think guys care a lot. We compete but maybe we don’t compete the right way. I think we need to stop thinking so much out there.”
It likely would be advantageous at this point if the Flyers didn’t think about the big picture. When things get this bleak, the old “take things one game at a time” cliche is at its most relevant.
Philadelphia will face Dallas on Tuesday in a contest between two teams that haven’t played each other since Oct. 18. When they met at that time, there was still plenty of room for optimism, but neither squad’s campaign has gone like they had hoped. Now its fair to say that they’re both desperate for these two points.