For some teams, the Playoffs won't start until April. Teams like the Philadelphia Flyers will be battling at a playoff level in the next month.
As the playoffs approach teams will be playing to climb high in the standings. Home-ice is an advantage coveted by most. The Flyers on the other hand don't need it. They are one of three teams in the NHL with 20 or more wins on the road.
That's not to say, they won't be battling down the stretch—they will be. But their battle will be different.
With new additions Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman on the blue line, the Flyers need to face their own demons. Team defense and poor starts are their biggest weaknesses as of now.
These are more mental aspect rather than a talent aspect. The Flyers are as good on paper as anyone.
With 19 games remaining the Flyers will need to erase the mental mistakes and fine tune their game. Once that is done, they will be in control of their own destiny.