PST: What are Flyers' odds of deep playoff run?

PST: What are Flyers' odds of deep playoff run?
March 7, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Michael Raffl and the Flyers' depth have been key to their recent success. (USA Today Images)

The Flyers had a historically bad start to the season, going 1-7 record through eight games.

They're 32-17-6 since that horrid start and have worked themselves into second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Do the Flyers actually have a realistic chance of making a run in the playoffs, even to the conference finals? CSNPhilly.com's Sarah Baicker thinks that could be the case.

"I think that it's about 50/50 right now," Baicker said on Friday's edition of Philly Sports Talk. "What I've seen from them over the past couple of games is really encouraging.

"Not just that they've won, but that they've played against teams they're going to have to beat in order to make the playoffs and make a run in the playoffs."

Over the last week, the Flyers defeated the New York Rangers, 4-2 at home, followed by a home-and-home sweep of the Washington Capitals that included a thrilling 5-4 come-from-behind win on national television.

One reason for the Flyers' recent success is their depth.

"You have Michael Raffl on your fourth line right now," Baicker said. "Rewind three months, you have Michael Raffl on your first line.

"The Flyers have a bunch of guys that can more or less play anywhere in their lineup, which can sometimes be a bad thing. But for their purposes right now, it represents depth."

That's not the only reason for the turnaround. The Flyers have shown a desire to get the job done at any cost.

"They've done it with heart," Baicker said. "It hasn't been easy. They haven't played complete games, but they've fought their way back."