Voracek: Flyers’ playoff hopes rest on ‘these next six games’
According to the website Sports Club Stats, the Philadelphia Flyers still have an 18.1 percent chance of making the playoffs.
But according to winger Jakub Voracek, if they don’t take advantage of their next six games -- all of them at home, with most of them against non-playoff opponents -- it’ll pretty much be over.
“We’ve got to make at least 10 points out of these next six games,” Voracek said, per NHL.com.
“This is going to define if we’re going to make the playoffs or not; this home stand.”
The Flyers host the Wild tonight, followed by visits from the Coyotes, Flames, Oilers, Blue Jackets and Lightning.
So 5-1-0 is a possibility.
Or maybe it’s 4-0-2.
Adding to the current challenge, however, is the absence of captain Claude Giroux. He’ll miss his third straight game tonight and remains day-to-day with what’s believed to be a concussion.
Obviously, if the Flyers are going to take a run at qualifying for the postseason, it would help to have their leading scorer in the lineup. Because there’s nothing coming in the form of deadline additions; GM Ron Hextall confirmed that yesterday.
To make the playoffs, it’s estimated the Flyers will need to go in the neighborhood of 14-7-2 in their final 23 games.