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Around The League: Tuesday, February 2nd 2016

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 --



Now that the All-Star break has concluded, the NHL returns to regular season action tonight. The Flyers will host the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the Wells Fargo Center for their first of 15 games over the next 28 days. February is set to be a hockey-filled month for the Orange and Black, with two days off between games only two times all month (17th-18th and 21st-22nd) and THREE back-to-backs (6th-7th, 13th-14th, and 19th-20th).


The Flyers currently sit 5 points out of a Wild Card spot inhabited by the cross-state rival Penguins, though it is worth mentioning that our boys have games in hand over everyone between us and the first wildcard spot. With a regulation win tonight, they would tie the Habs in points at 52 with three less games played. However, there’s so much action going on tonight that it’s tough to determine how many points out of a spot the Flyers would sit - there’s a lot of IFs and ORs at play.


In the only strictly Atlantic division showdown of the night, Boston is hosting Toronto. With a win in Beantown, they would hop from the first wildcard spot to 3rd in the Atlantic, switching places with the dormant Detroit Red Wings.


On the other side of the Eastern Conference, every one of our fellow Metro division teams will play puck tonight aside from the Carolina Hurricanes. The Devils will host the Rangers in a match that isn’t good for the Flyers in any aspect, as both teams are ahead of Philly by 5 to 9 points, respectively. Best case for this one is a Rangers regulation win to help us gain ground on NJ.


The Islanders will face the Minnesota Wild in New York in hopes of maintaining their hold on the 3rd spot in the division. The Wild have been pretty abysmal as of late, going 3-7-3 in January. In those 13 games, they failed to score more than 2 goals in 8 of those contests, and were shutout twice.

The Senators travel to Pittsburgh for another Eastern Conference matchup. While a Senators regulation win would help keep the Penguins from gaining more space between them and ourselves, it would also widen the gap between Ottawa and the Flyers. Currently, we sit two points behind the Sens with three games in hand.


Washington looks to shake off their first home loss in 13 games (wonder who ended that streak?) as they take on the Atlantic-leading Florida Panthers. This one doesn’t affect our chances much, if at all, given that both teams lead their respective divisions, but it should be a good matchup nonetheless. You can catch this one on NBCSN during commercials/intermission in our game tonight.


The last game featuring a team from the East sees Columbus visiting Edmonton for a “Last Place Battle of Craptastic Proportions”. Edmonton is on a 3 game losing streak, while the Blue Jackets are on a 2 game win streak and have a marginally better record in their last 10 or so games. This game doesn’t have much bearing on us, save for a continued winning streak by Columbus and a slump by us, as they sit 7 points back from us with a whopping 4 more games played.


The West Coast games for tonight are as follows:


Dallas @ Winnipeg

St. Louis @ Nashville

Chicago @ Colorado

LA @ Arizona

San Jose @ Anaheim



As a Flyers fan, there’s a lot that could happen to help or hamper our playoff hopes. As a hockey fan, it’s a great night to hunker down in front of your TV or computer from the time you get home ‘til your eyelids give up on you.


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