It hasn't been a pretty start to the post-Christmas break for the Flyers, and with the new year upon us, the holiday festivities are completely over. The drive toward the playoffs is on.
Despite the two losses, the Flyers remain locked in a tight race for a playoff spot. It is a fine line. The Flyers are just six points ahead of the NHL's worst team by points, the Columbus Blue Jackets, but they also sit just six points out of a playoff spot.
One of the benefits for the Flyers is their limited schedule leading up to and following the break. Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Kings will be just their fifth in the last two weeks, which leaves them tied for the lowest amount of games played in the East this season, 36, matching only the Toronto Maple Leafs. Of the teams the Flyers are chasing, both in the Metropolitan Division and for the East's wild card spots, six of the eight teams have played two more games than the Flyers.
The Flyers and Kings face off from Staples Center on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.