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Resurgent Flyers ‘need to become road warriors’ now

Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins - Game Four

BOSTON, MA - MAY 06: Braydon Coburn #5 of the Philadelphia Flyers passes the puck in the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 6, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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After starting the season 4-10-1, the Philadelphia Flyers have done well to get back in the playoff race. But now they face another challenge -- eight road games in their next nine, starting tonight in Florida against a Panthers side that just went 2-2-1 on a tough five-game journey of its own.

“This is a challenge,” Flyers d-man Braydon Coburn said, per CSN Philly. “Anytime you go on the road for an extended period of time, it’s a challenge to the hockey club. You need to become road warriors.”

The Flyers have six wins and a shootout loss in their last seven, and that’s good. But with the exception of Pittsburgh, their competition over that stretch wasn’t. Two wins came versus imploding Ottawa; the three others over Edmonton, Buffalo, and the Islanders, currently three of the four worst teams in the NHL.

Of note, the last time the Flyers played the Panthers, on Oct. 8, goalie Steve Mason stopped 33 of 34 shots to earn Philadelphia its first victory of the season.