Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Predictions for Down the Stretch

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Predictions for Down the Stretch
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The first part of the 2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers' campaign has certainly been an interesting one, as injuries have piled up and rookies have stepped up big time to fill the void. The team's best defenseman and captain, Chris Pronger, is lost more than likely for good with a nasty concussion and a corps of veteran leaders and emerging star Claude Giroux combine to keep the ship on course.

And of course, there was even a bogus "goaltending controversy" to boot, but this is Philadelphia, where there is always a goaltending controversy. In 1976, Wayne Stephenson was the goaltender of choice of a much larger part of the fanbase than he should have been.

With an eventful first part of the season—which saw members of the team become national cable television stars thanks to HBO's 24/7 and that crazy, fun-filled weekend that led to an outdoor game that no one really cares about in hindsight behind them—here's a look forward to what awaits the team down the stretch.

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