As the 2015-16 season opened up, it was hard to imagine a team like the Flyers securing a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs come springtime.
The usually-high expectations for this club had been tapered. The arrival of a new coach, combined with a team that was still trying to recover from the salary cap purgatory that bad contracts put them in and a lack of scoring depth, all promised to make it appear as though the Orange and Black would miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1992-93 and 1993-94.
At points this season, the Flyers struggled mightily -- particularly throughout the bulk of November. They found themselves in position to strike leading up until Christmastime, but as they returned to action for a three-game California road trip, they appeared to bounce back to Earth.