The Flyers are 4-2-2 in their first eight games of the season. It’s safe to say, at this point, that they managed to avoid the slow start to the season they were looking for.
But in those first two weeks, the Flyers had to pass several tests, tests that were about competing with good teams. They lost in overtime to Tampa Bay, shut out the defending champion Blackhawks and most-recently picked up a key shootout win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Starting with Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime loss against the Buffalo Sabres, the Flyers now get to see the opposite end of the spectrum and have two labels that they can shed with a successful two weeks.