In order for the Flyers to be anywhere near the playoff picture this season, they needed to avoid the slow start.
And after Saturday, with a 7-1 loss in Florida, it seemed like the team was headed down that path again.
The Flyers early-season schedule featured many tests that was going to challenge their ability against the good teams, and their uncanny way of performing in those games.
Wednesday was another one of those games. But the Flyers 3-0 shutout win over the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks was also a huge statement.