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Sportsbooks post Flyers' odds to win the 2020 Stanley Cup

Sportsbooks post Flyers' odds to win the 2020 Stanley Cup

Welcome to the NHL offseason, now let’s take a look at next season.

The St. Louis Blues capped off an incredible turnaround Wednesday night as they won the Stanley Cup in seven games after being one of the league’s worst teams at the midway point.

In fact, one Blues fan even cashed in big by placing a $400 bet at 250-to-1 to win $100,000. Not bad. 

How are things shaping up for next season? Flyers fans, we don’t have great news to report out of Las Vegas as it looks like it could be another uphill battle. The Flyers are listed at 28-to-1 with the 17th best odds to win the Cup.

Given where the team has finished the past few seasons and the lack of transformational talent available on the free-agent market this offseason, the Flyers seem accurately positioned in the middle of the NHL, ninth in the Eastern Conference. That would, however, have them on the outside looking in on the playoffs in Alain Vigneault’s first season at the helm.

There’s reason to believe that the Flyers underachieved last season and could come back stronger, with a full season of Carter Hart in net, so while I think 17th is a tad harsh, it doesn’t feel like 28-to-1 to win the cup has tremendous value. 

The Blues, who ended their 52-year wait to lift Lord Stanley, are at 13-to-1, the worst odds for a defending champion since 1985. 

The Flyers now hold the league’s fourth-largest title drought, dating back to 1975, and the team with the league’s longest drought, the Toronto Maple Leafs, has the second-best odds to quench its thirst at 9-to-1.

For now, we’ll wait to see what the Flyers do with the 11th pick in the NHL draft, see if they can add a little in free agency or pull off some sort of blockbuster trade. We’ll see the puck drop next, for real, in Prague, Czech Republic on Oct. 4.

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Sights and scenes from Flyers' 2019-20 'Meet the Team' day for fans

Sights and scenes from Flyers' 2019-20 'Meet the Team' day for fans

Before welcoming the rival Penguins to the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, the Flyers hosted their fans Sunday for the annual "Meet the Team" event.

The day consists of season ticket holders getting to meet their favorite players, take pictures, ask for autographs and skate on the Wells Fargo Center ice.

Following Tuesday's game, the Flyers go on their NHL-mandated bye week from Jan. 22-30.

So Sunday gave the fans a timely up-close-and-personal look at their 2019-20 Flyers before the extended break.

Here are some sights and scenes from the event:

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Bring on the nostalgia as Flyers 80s night takes you back in time

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Bring on the nostalgia as Flyers 80s night takes you back in time

Couldn't make it out to 80s night at the Wells Fargo Center? Fret not. The wonderful existence of social media will allow you to feel the nostalgia of the decade.

Or at least what it would have been like ... since I was born in '97.

The Flyers hosted the Kings Saturday night and pulled out a 4-1 victory (see observations). Aside from the exciting performance from the orange and black on the ice, what the Flyers were able to put together off the ice made for a perfect event … if you liked the 80s, teased hair, neon colors and parachute pants, of course.

To kick things off, the Flyers and their in-arena host Andrea Helfrich released videos leading up to puck drop with some of the biggest hits and games of the decade.

While Justin Braun didn't seem too thrilled with the game choices, Michael Raffl was having a field day.

We even got to hear Jakub Voracek and Kevin Hayes jam out to two iconic songs and has us wondering if there are any other videos of the team singing and if so, send them our way.

Side note — is anyone else jealous of Hayes' vocal range?

Of course, one of the most exciting parts of a theme night has to be the attire ... and everyone was joining in on the fun.


And c'mon. Gritty dressed as Mr. T? I pity the fools who don't like this kind of content.


The Flyers outdid themselves with the graphics tonight, too. From the in-arena content, to social media — it certainly made everyone wish that every night could be 80's night.

 

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