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NHL playoff odds: Flyers have best Stanley Cup odds for second consecutive week

NHL playoff odds: Flyers have best Stanley Cup odds for second consecutive week

From the last time a playoff odds post had been written, the Flyers still haven’t lost a game.

*knocks on wood*

The Flyers keep trending in the right direction with their season-best nine-game winning streak and the rest of the NHL has certainly taken notice.

This is the second consecutive Monday (March 9) in which the Flyers started off the week with the best odds to win the Stanley Cup, according to Moneypuck.com.

Now, they did drop from 12.7 percent to a whopping 12.6 percent, but there’s still no room for complaints here.

If anything, it’s important to note a few of the other top teams in the East and how different things look for them after another seven days.

On March 2, the Bruins’ odds were at 9 percent to win the cup. This was the second best in the East at the time, just below the Flyers. Their odds have dropped quite a bit, now sitting at 6.9 percent. It goes to show how quickly things can change in the NHL.

The Lightning have had a slight increase in their odds, moving from 7.4 percent to 8.8 percent.

Coming in at third in the East are the Capitals. Within the week, their odds have increased from 8 percent to 8.4 percent. This could mainly be because of their most recent win on Saturday over the Penguins, since their back-to-back games against the Flyers and Rangers both resulted in losses.

Now, just how reliable is this model? Let’s take a look at last season’s model at this point in the season:

The Blues had the second-best odds in the West and third-best overall to win the Cup. Only the Sharks and Lightning had better odds at the time.

What’s the biggest takeaway from comparing the two models a year apart?

This time last year the Flyers had a 4.36 percent chance to make the playoffs. Their chances now sit at an impressive 99.5 percent. Not too shabby.

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Flyers social media team is having a blast, trolls the Capitals, Barstool

Flyers social media team is having a blast, trolls the Capitals, Barstool

The Flyers are surging, hockey is fun, the bandwagoners have arrived and Philadelphia is buzzing for some late spring NHL action in the city.

After taking down Washington for the second time this season on the road, they not only improved to a season-best 7-game winning streak but also pulled behind the Metro’s top dogs now trailing by a single point. The tables can turn as quickly as tonight if the Flyers get the job done against the Hurricanes and the Rangers can pull off a win over the Capitals.

It was no easy feat by any means last night, but with the game being on a national stage — everyone was talking about this showdown.

While the action was heating up on the ice, things were heating up off the ice on the team’s social media accounts.

Let’s just say whoever runs it for the Flyers was NOT having it.

Surely, you remember the fight involving Tom Wilson last night. Wait, let me be a little more specific since there were about 30 of them … the one where good guy Robert Hagg went and defended the captain.

The Capitals decided to retaliate, noting that they didn’t show the whole fight and cut out the gif before the ending.

Here’s where things start to get fun. Of course the Flyers weren’t going to back down, especially now that things were rolling. I’d like to take some form of credit for that by the way, considering I put this into the universe. You’re welcome, Philly.

So, since the team had taken a 3-1 lead, it was used to their advantage with this epic comeback.

The shade didn’t stop there, though. The social account for Barstool’s Spittin’ Chiclets podcast thought it would be smart to hype up goaltender Braden Holtby after he stopped this puck from going in.

First, it’s funny considering that it’s clearly a goal, but since there wasn’t enough visual evidence, the call couldn’t be reversed.

Second, the Flyers scored just moments after this. If you take a goal away from Travis Konecny, odds are he’s going to want to get that back. Spoiler alert: he did.

And to top things off, they made sure to keep things rolling in the morning when the NHL released their most recent power rankings … rankings where the Capitals are still somehow above the Flyers even with their win streak and a series record this season of 3-0-1.

They then proceeded to put them on full blast, pulling up receipts from just a few days ago after winning both games in the home-and-home against the Rangers.

Who knows the next Twitter account that will try to go up against the Flyers? At this rate, they’re just as intimidating as the team itself.

Oh, how the tides have turned in such a short amount of time.

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Flyers roll Capitals once again, look more and more like a 1st-place team

Flyers roll Capitals once again, look more and more like a 1st-place team

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The Flyers are looking like a first-place team.

They sure looked like one Wednesday night when they beat the Capitals, 5-2, at Capital One Arena to notch their season-best seventh straight win.

In fact, the Flyers looked like a top club all season against Washington. They went 3-0-1 in four matchups with the Capitals and won both road games by a combined score of 12-4.

Now, the Flyers (39-20-7) are only one point back of first-place Washington with 16 games left in the regular season for both teams.

Alain Vigneault's group is on a 17-5-1 run since Jan. 8, a stretch in which it owns wins over the Capitals (three), Bruins, Blues, Avalanche and Penguins — all top-seven clubs.

As the Flyers are right back in action Thursday night, so are the Capitals (40-20-6), who visit the Rangers.

• Washington manhandled the Flyers during 2018-19, winning all four matchups in regulation by a combined score of 18-9.

The Flyers are not the same team in 2019-20 and their regular-season series against the Capitals is case in point. The Flyers outscored Washington 16-8 and earned a point in all four meetings.

After going 10-16-2 within the division last season, the Flyers are 15-4-4 against Metropolitan foes this season.

That is awfully impressive.

• General manager Chuck Fletcher acquired forwards Derek Grant and Nate Thompson ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline for many reasons.

Depth and potential injuries were two of the biggest.

"We have been carrying 12 forwards for a while," Fletcher said Feb. 24. "They’ve played well but you always worry with 20 games to go if hockey happens, injuries and things like that. You just want to make sure you’ve covered everything off."

During the first period Wednesday night, James van Riemsdyk suffered a broken hand. Here's what it means for the Flyers moving forward (see story).

• Alex Ovechkin had no points through four games against the Flyers.

Over his 15-year career, it's the first time the Flyers have held him scoreless in one season.

• For the second straight game, 10 different Flyers recorded at least a point and five scored goals.

Kevin Hayes (one goal, one assist), Ivan Provorov (one goal, one assist) and Grant (two assists) had multi-point efforts, while Travis Konecny, Tyler Pitlick and Scott Laughton also netted goals.

Konecny matched his career high of 24 goals, Laughton set a new career high of 13 and the Flyers improved to 19-0-1 when Hayes registers a marker.

• Vigneault elected to go with backup Brian Elliott against the Capitals, saving Carter Hart for Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The decision worked out well as Elliott made 25 saves and earned both road victories over Washington.

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby allowed 16 goals in four games against the Flyers.

• Tom Wilson fought two Flyers (see story). Anybody surprised?

• In the midst of their 13th back-to-back set out of 17, the Flyers host the Hurricanes Thursday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

The Flyers are 10 points up on Carolina in the Metropolitan Division and 2-0-1 against the Hurricanes this season.

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