Monday, January 09, 2006


The Flyers may not win the Stanley Cup this season, but they are certainly the losing winners for their city where the civilians don’t have any grudge against the team’s Stanley Cup deficit. They have given the city something to talk about over the first 41 games. On Friday they bested Washington, 3-1, to fetch the impressive overall NHL lead in the standings with 60 points at the halfway mark of the season. The Flyers are really the stars given five regulars are still sidelined with injury and at one point in November they were down nine players. The Flyers possess the depth to overcome their injuries. The players like R.J. Umberger, Ben Eager, Freddy Meyer, and Randy Jones have proved that they can play in the NHL and can contribute with points. The Flyers have three games left on this 11-game road trip and are 7-0-1 and have earned at least one point in 14 consecutive road games (12-0-2). They can successfully break the 1979-80 team record of a point in 16 consecutive road games in Detroit. That phase came during Pat Quinn's 35-game winning streak. The Flyers have not won in Detroit since Nov. 4, 1988 and since then; they're 0-12-2. The team can rely on Simon Gagnes scoring. He has scored 29 goals in 35 games. That plays out to almost 70. Reggie Leach is the only Flyer to tally more than 60 goals. He scored 61 goals in 1975-76. After the Flyers' Friday night win over Washington, they hold a nine-point lead on the Rangers in the Atlantic Division. Except for a collapse in the second half of the season, it is doubtful that the Rangers can bridge the cap.


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