November 29 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Frank Seravalli:
“After pounding teams with putrid records before Thanksgiving, the Flyers reversed that trend starting on Black Friday with back-to-back games against two of the NHL’s bottom feeders, Calgary and New Jersey.
You could call it a Thanksgiving hangover.
Or, you could chalk it up to the fact that the Flyers played 10 games in a ridiculously short 17-day window.
Before Black Friday, the Flyers were 7-0-0 against teams with a losing record. Even after dropping back-to-back shootout losses in afternoon games this weekend, pushing that record to 7-0-2, the Flyers have a lot to be thankful for as they head into December.
Consider the numbers:
— The Flyers were 9-2-3 in the month of November.
— With the Capitals’ overtime win yesterday, the Flyers are the No. 2 team in the league, trailing Washington by just two points.
— They picked up 14 of a possible 20 points during their 10 games in 17 days, leaving only two games during that stretch where they came away empty-handed.
Picking up two points in two games against hungry teams in November is not going to make or break a season, especially considering the way they happened: having a disallowed goal cost them one point on Friday and a blown lead in a shootout that cost them another.
They will receive a well-deserved rest this week before facing off against Boston on Wednesday before their marathon schedule picks up again on Saturday. Having not traveled farther than St. Paul, Minn., for any game through the first 25 on the schedule, that’s when the real test will begin.”
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