For a few seasons now in Philadelphia sports, the 'P' word has been a dreaded word. Playoffs. Few teams have reached them. None have succeeded.
Regardless, a stretch of unsuccessful seasons is enough to drive Philadelphia fans insane. With the way the Flyers season started, it was easy to call it as seen, another year of building and not running.
That's what happens when a decent 4-2-1 start to the season is followed by a 1-6-2 stretch.
And then, suddenly, the Flyers seemed to just rise from the dead. The team with just 13 points in the standings in their first 16 games has gone 10-4-4 since, producing 24 points and reaching a total of 37 points, three better than where they were a season ago.
That still has the Flyers on the outside looking in, but not by nearly as much. And it's the recent swing of successful play on the ice, fueling the climb in the standings, that has the Flyers in the thick of things.