All season, the Flyers have been Team Enigma, streakier than your car windows after your vehicle has been sitting under a sap-dropping oak tree for a few days.
Hot. Cold. Coach fired. Cold. Hot. Cold. Hot. Olympic break. Cold.
All of which means that another hot streak is coming.
The timing couldn’t be better.
With six regular-season games left, a hot streak would not only put the Flyers in a good playoff spot (translation: the sixth-seed), it would give them momentum once they get there.
The stars are aligned just right. The Flyers are 15-4 against the teams they will face in their final six games.
Granted, it won’t be a cakewalk _ not with their two best goalies and their top offensive player sidelined with injuries. Still, the schedule is ultra-favorable. And Sunday's win over New Jersey may have started a trend.
Here, then, is my crystal ball for the rest of the regular season: Win at the New York Islanders on Thursday; win over visiting Montreal on Friday; loss against visiting Detroit on Easter Sunday; win at Toronto on Tuesday; overtime loss at the Rangers on April 9; win over the visiting Rangers on April 11.
That computes to a 4-1-1 finish. Those nine points would give the Flyers 91 points _ eight less than last season, when they finished fifth in the East _ and, in all probability, the sxth-seed and a first-round matchup against beatable Buffalo.
The Flyers, who hope to have Jeff Carter (33 goals) back for the first round, were 1-2-1 against the Sabres this season, including a 5-2 win against standout goalie Ryan Miller in Buffalo.
Give me your take on how the rest of the regular season will unfold.