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Philadelphia Flyers No Match For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Mark Madden at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

If the Penguins could have chosen a foe from among all Eastern Conference playoff qualifiers, it would have been the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Penguins went 4-0 against the Flyers in the regular season. It's hard to imagine the Penguins not winning their first-round series vs. the old enemy.

But what if they don't?

That's the worry when you're favored to beat your big rival: living with the aftermath of an upset.

But the Penguins will defeat the Flyers. Five games seems a likely length, though four is more probable than six.

The Penguins are a rotten matchup for the Flyers. The Flyers can score, but the Penguins score more. The Flyers have star power, but Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek don't remotely compare to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

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Clinching Scenarios Today

via the NHL PR department,

The Flyers (41-26-14, 96 points) and Panthers (42-30-8, 92 points) remain in contention for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference heading into the weekend.

* The Flyers can clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and reach the postseason for the second time in three campaigns if they earn a single point in their matinee game (3:00pm ET, NBC) with the Rangers. Philadelphia would also clinch if the Panthers lose to the Sabres. 

Meanwhile, the Panthers – who have already reeled off wins against the Hurricanes, Predators and Bruinsthis week – aim to push their winning streak to four games as they continue their pursuit of the Flyers and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Blues (44-31-6, 94 points) hold a one-point lead over the Avalanche (42-30-9, 93 points) as the teams face off at Pepsi Center in Colorado with the final playoff berth in the Western Conference on the line.

* The Blues will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they earn at least one point against the Avalanche.

* The Avalanche will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they defeat the Blues in regulation.

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If The Philadelphia Flyers And Florida Panthers End Up Tied

NEW YORK (April 6, 2018) – If at the conclusion of the regular season two teams competing for the final playoff berth in a conference are tied in points, ROW (regulation plus overtime wins), points in their season series (excluding the first home game for the team that has the extra game) and goal differential for the season, the following procedure will apply:

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Four Teams Still In A Battle For Two Playoff Spots

 

Below, the Western Conference playoff picture.

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A Flat Game From The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

With so much on the line, the Flyers should have been playing like a desperate team Tuesday night against the lowly New York Islanders at the Barclays Center.

Instead, they went through the motions for most of the first 40 minutes before awaking in the third period. They got a pair of power-play goals from coming-of-age rookie Nolan Patrick and a tally from Claude Giroux to overcome a 4-1 deficit and tie the score at 4-all.

No matter.

Speedy rookie Mathew Barzal got behind Jori Lehtera and scored on a breakaway with 6:28 left, steering the Islanders to a wild 5-4 victory.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Enhance Their Hold On A Playoff Spot

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

In perhaps their grittiest win of the season, the Flyers gained some much-needed breathing room in the playoff race Wednesday night, but they lost goalie Michal Neuvirth to another injury.

Neuvirth was outstanding in his first game in more than five weeks before suffering an injury in the second period of the Flyers’ 2-1 win over desperate Colorado at the Pepsi Center.

Claude Giroux and Ivan Provorov scored goals, and Petr Mrazek stopped 17-of-17 shots in relief as the Flyers completed a 1-0-2 road trip.

The Flyers, who started the night as the conference’s top wild-card team, moved into a tie in points with the second-place Penguins in the Metro. Pittsburgh has played one fewer game.

They also climbed seven points ahead of Florida, which lost in Toronto, 4-3, and has three games in hand on the Flyers. Florida is trying to inch into the second and final wild-card spot.

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The Slumping Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

They overcame a 10-game winless streak and the loss of their top two goalies to injuries.

Now they have to overcome a March skid that has knocked them out of first place and made fans uneasy about whether they will even make the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The misery continued Thursday night at the Wells Cargo Center.

Columbus 5, Flyers 3.

The Flyers lost for the seventh time in eight March games, and they fell into a tie for third place with Columbus in the Metro....

The Flyers swarmed Bobrovsky over the next few shifts, but Atkinson made it 4-2 by beating Petr Mrazek with a right-circle blast with 16 minutes, 37 seconds left in the second.

Goodbye, momentum.

Goodbye, Mrazek, who allowed four goals on 10 shots and continued to come up small. Since winning his first three games with the Flyers, Mrazek has just one victory in his last seven starts.

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Petr Mrazek Has Had His Ups And Downs With The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

With Flyers goalies Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth sidelined because of injuries, the spotlight is shining directly at Petr Mrazek.

So far, the results have been mixed.

Mrazek was superb in his first three games with his new team, including a 1-0 shootout win in Montreal. He won all three games and allowed a total of four goals.

But he has lost his last three games (0-2-1), surrendering 14 goals in that span.

It is that kind of inconsistency that caused Detroit to deal him to the Flyers on Feb. 19 for a pair of conditional draft picks.

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Petr Mrazek Welcomed In Philly

from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,

Petr Mrazek has been around the Flyers for a week and a half, still using a plain white helmet decorated with the remnants of the equipment room’s sticker drawer and he’s become one of the most important pieces of the team.

He’s already joking around with his new teammates and taking in post-practice ping-pong games as if he had been around all season. It’s been a trial by fire both on and off the ice.

“We have a really tight group,” defenseman Ivan Provorov said. “All the guys get along. There’s no bad guys on the team. I think we tried to make it, for Petr, as comfortable as he can be in the first couple days. I think the boys did a good job welcoming him and he’s done a good job himself coming in and playing great. At this time, it’s important that the guys are on the right page and have a good relationship with each other.”

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The Playoff Hopes For The Philadelphia Flyers Now Belong To Petr Mrazek

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

If Mrazek lights it up in the NHL’s goalie graveyard, the Flyers will have the opportunity to qualify and keep him. Or, they could work out a deal for less, much in the same way they did with  in 2013.

Most importantly, Mrazek has playoff experience. Elliott has a lot of work to do to recover from core muscle surgery. The oft-injured Neuvirth will be out “weeks,” according to Hextall. And Mrazek’s playoff numbers (.931 save percentage in 10 starts) are significantly better than Elliott's postseason numbers.

The Flyers made a small bet. It’s up to Mrazek to deliver the payoff – for his future, the Flyers, and even the Red Wings.

“He was the available guy that really intrigued us,” Hextall said. “We know how capable he is … He’s played extremely well over the last month. I think he’s had some really good times in his career where he’s been a very good goalie and he can be a difference maker.”

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