My Flyers mid-Season review, probably nothing new here that you didn't already know yourself if you're a Flyers fan.
I was pretty sure that the Flyers would rebound from last season and become a competitive team again, after all the changes they made over the off-season. But I'm amazed at how fast this team has come around. Tied for first in the division, which is probably the toughest division in all of sports, and they did it without Gagne for most of the games. The offense is clicking and the goaltending is decent and will probably only get better with more time. Mike Richards is playing amazing and looks to be the future leader of the Flyers. Briere has played pretty good too, especially considering that it was going to be him, Gange and Knuble on the same line, and he has still racked up some decent points while Gagne was injured.
The Flyers had me a little worried after falling pretty hard around Christmas, but have since rebounded and have played great this entire month. That tells you something about this team. They didn't come out and win a couple games here and there after that losing streak, they came out and won 10 games out of 13, amazing. Overcoming adversity in that kind of form really builds character for this team, and will do nothing but help them come playoff time.
Last year, the Flyers finished the season with 56 points. Right now, they have 59 points, with 34 games to play, can't ask for a much better turn around than that.
At this point, I don't think that this team is ready to win the Stanley Cup just yet, I'm thinking the Flyers will make it to the Semi-Finals this year. They still have some flaws that need to be fixed, the defense mostly.
However, the second half of the season is what makes or breaks a team, if they play well down the stretch they may just be closer to that Cup than we think.
Regardless of what happens this season, the real matter is that this appears to be a team that is going to be a contender year in and year out again. Let's just hope that they come away with a Cup this time.
I hope that the 1 or 2 people who read this at least semi-enjoyed it.