Throughout these troubling weeks as the Flyers taunt their fans one game with playoff ambitions, only to see them dashed with repeated losses that follow, there’s been a constant reminder of 2009-10.
That constant is the last time a very struggling Flyers club qualified for the playoffs on the final day of regular season by winning a shootout and went on an unexpected run to the Stanley Cup Final.
There was, however, some critical differences between that team under Peter Laviolette and the current club.
True, on March 21 three years ago, the Flyers were in the midst of what would become a three-game losing streak.
Yet they were third in the Atlantic Division and seeded fifth overall in the Eastern Conference.
They were already in a good spot for a playoff berth. In the week ahead, they would float between fifth and eighth but never fell below eighth.
This morning, this Flyers team remains within reach of both the seventh and eighth playoff spots, five points out.
What's interesting is how the club was playing then versus how this team is performing now. Both were the same – inconsistent. That team never won more than two games in succession the remainder of the regular season.
The players seem to recall the Flyers went on a run at season’s end to squeeze into the playoffs. Just the opposite.
They were 6-7-3 in March and just 3-3 in April. They actually lost eight of their final 12 games and still got in because they were never seeded past eighth after any loss.
All of which should bolster the Flyers' fading playoff hopes, except for the fact that they have remained tantalizingly within sight of the eighth playoff spot since March 5 and have been unable do it.
Since the lockout-shortened season began, the Flyers have occupied the eighth seed only three times after winning a game.
Only once this season have they remained eighth after consecutive wins, and they have yet to win more than two games in succession at any point.
In other words, when the Flyers resume practice this morning at Skate Zone in Voorhees as the 12th seed, very little has changed for them.
Sportsclubstats.com lists them today with having a 6.2 percent chance to making the playoffs, up 0.1 percent from Wednesday.