As we approach the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Too Many Men On The Site will be taking a look at the teams that have qualified. Included will be stats, record, and why they will and will not win the Stanley Cup. Next up are the Philadelphia Flyers.
Philadelphia Flyers: 3rd in the Metropolitan Division (91 points)
- Claude Giroux (27 G, 55 A, 82 points)
- Jakub Voracek (21 G, 37 A, 58 points)
- Wayne Simmonds (27 G, 31 A, 58 points)
Why The Flyers Will Win The Stanley Cup
The Flyers have an outside chance this season. That chance is in part due to their fans, playing in front of Flyers fans is never fun for the visiting teams players. Philadelphia has some scoring, 227 goals for (2nd in the Metro). Their roster is balanced in the scoring department, with seven 20 plus goal scores. If they can stay focused and play a hard-hitting two-way playoffs; the Flyers may be able to sneak out with the cup.
Why The Flyers Will Not Win The Stanley Cup
This may seem like a shot at the Flyers, and it’s not but while Vincent Lecavalier would help with the Lightning’s chances this season I don’t think he is a fit in Philadelphia. He is a -15, and has only had 37 points in 67 games. Injuries a side Lecavalier has only 24 goals in 63 playoff games. At this point in his career I don’t foresee a break out playoffs for him. The Flyers also have questions that will need to be answered in net, like almost ever season. Steve mason has played in four playoff games and his playoff numbers are a mess (.878 SV%, 4.26 GAA). There is always the chance that Mason has grown and can provide the goaltending needed, but I just don’t see it. I think the Flyers are bounced in the second round of the Divisional playoffs.
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