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Flyers owner thinks playoffs are ‘definitely’ still possible

Paul Holm Gren, Ron Hextall, Ed Snider

Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider, center, and new general manager Ron Hextall, right, laugh at a joke by new president Paul Holmgren during an NHL hockey news conference, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


The Philadelphia Flyers managed just their second win since Nov. 8 on Saturday, yet owner Ed Snider still thinks they could be a playoff team.

“Yeah, I definitely do,” Snider said. “Of course. It’s early.”

Snider hopes that yesterday’s 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings ends up being a “turnaround.” He praised Steve Mason and threw his support behind GM Ron Hextall, as you can see from this interesting interview:

It’s a good time to show some confidence in the team, as they have an opportunity to improve their status. After Tuesday’s road game against the bruised Columbus Blue Jackets, they enjoy a four-game homestand against Eastern Conference teams.

That serves as a good opportunity to approach a .500 record (they’re currently 9-13-4) before they end 2014 with an intimidating eight-game road trip.

At the moment, Snider’s optimism might not seem very realistic, yet he’s seen his team dig itself out of big early-season holes before.

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