We’re free! We’re free! We’re free!
After a disastrously dreadful performance against the New Jersey Devils, the Philadelphia Flyers have been mathematically eliminated from any playoff contention. There is now no single way that the Flyers can simply will their way into the postseason.
The Philadelphia Flyers are the sixth team to be eliminated from playoff contention for 2020-2021.
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) April 30, 2021
Like manna from the heavens, a gift of being free of any dwindling hope — hearing players or coaching personnel still wanting to give it a shot has been ringing in every ear for the last few weeks and we are not going to hear a peep of it anymore.
Unfortunately, the Flyers do still have six remaining regular season games; two against each of the Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. While all three of those teams have already had their destiny fortified with playoff clinching or elimination, there is still plenty of standings jostling to be had, so it’s not hard to imagine that at least the Penguins and Capitals ice a close-to-complete lineup in their two respective games.
Repeating in this off-and-on fashion, the Flyers have not made the playoffs in consecutive years since the 2011 and 2012 appearances. Even to dig the dagger into our sides even more, last year was the first time they won a playoff round since they made the Final in 2010.
Regardless of their past performances, the expectation to show up for at least four games in the postseason was there at the beginning of the season but quickly dwindled away within a couple months. A season full of disappointment between the pipes and defensively has led us down a hole of looking towards young prospects to fill some holes or GM Chuck Fletcher to make a Big Trade during this offseason.
Anyways, the Flyers will have six games of mindless hockey to play through. Maybe we’ll see Cam York? Or Egor Zamula to take over the top pairing? Who knows anything anymore, except that this season is almost over.