Now 14th in East, Flyers' final charge begins in Pittsburgh

Now 14th in East, Flyers' final charge begins in Pittsburgh

March 22, 2013, 11:45 am
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Peter Laviolette hopes his players used the days off this week to reflect on what lies ahead starting Sunday in Pittsburgh.
 
Eighteen games to finish off the NHL regular season.
 
At some point over the next two weeks, the Flyers will either be going through the motions of finishing off a season without the playoffs, or making a final charge to secure a spot.
 
This morning, they remain five points out of the eighth seed but have fallen to 14th in the Eastern Conference.
 
Friday and Saturday will be their final practices before meeting the Penguins, who have blown away the competition in the Atlantic Division “race.”
 
“Well the practice is good, we get to work on some things,” Laviolette said. “We can hit the reset button. We’ve got to win some games.
 
“That doesn’t change the past and where we sit. So we’ve got to get back to work and look forward to the next game.
 
Any sense his players are hopeful?
 
“I think we came off of the win against New Jersey and I think we headed into Tampa Bay with those intentions as well,” he said.
 
“So intentions aren’t necessarily good. We need to win games and get going on a roll here before time cuts us short.”
 
The Flyers are looking at the scoreboard every day. Even the one that hangs outside their dressing room at Skate Zone. They can’t miss it even if they tried.
 
“We’re still in the race, we’re not out,” Jakub Voracek said. “You look at the board and we’re five points behind. You win 3-4 games in a row we’re back in it.
 
“I wouldn’t say we are out of it right now. Obviously, we have to pick up some wins in a row and get on a streak.
 
“It starts against Pittsburgh where we play good. We gotta get two points.”
 
Realistically, the Flyers need 28 points in the final 18 games to make the playoffs. No easy task.
 
There is one positive.
 
Their chances of postseason play increased overnight from 6.1 percent to 8.1 percent on sportsclubstats.com.

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