With the first half of the NHL regular season easing its way into the rearview mirror, the pedal of competition is pushed to the floorboards.
Despite a roster makeover this past offseason, the Philadelphia Flyers have managed to stay within four points of first place.
However, their season has not been without controversy in terms of the ever-important goalie position, and in losing team captain Chris Pronger to a concussion indefinitely.
As fans in Philly know, there can be no season for the Flyers without a share of drama.
In contrast to the drama, Philly has had its share of upside, too. Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr, paired with Scott Hartnell, have shown they can be as deadly a line as there is in the NHL.
Rookies like Matt Read, Sean Couturier, Harry Zolneircyk, Zac Rinaldo and Brayden Schenn have shown they can make an impact when needed.
Despite whatever adversity and shortcomings this team has, they have beaten some of the best teams in the league, too.
As spring and the playoffs approach, look for this team to make a serious push to be the best team in the conference.
Allow me to present the five reasons they can be the best in the Eastern Conference.