In reality, the last month of games has been must-win hockey for the Flyers. To this point in Februrary, they are just 5-4-3.
Trailing Pittsburgh for the final playoff spot by five points, they are no worse for wear in the standings despite Tuesday's 3-1 loss in Carolina. The Penguins fell to the Bruins, 5-1, on Wednesday, holding the margin.
Fresh off a five-game road trip that certainly featured its ups and downs, the Flyers get the comforts of home for the next six games spanning two weeks and in doing so, get their last-gasp effort to stay alive and truly make up ground in the playoff race.