NHL Playoffs 2012: 7 Reasons the Flyers Are Now the Stanley Cup Favorites

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 7 Reasons the Flyers Are Now the Stanley Cup Favorites
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30 teams took aim at the Stanley Cup when the NHL season started. 16 earned the right to compete in the playoffs, and now we are down to eight.

Each team battled in the first round of the postseason. The Philadelphia Flyers made one of the strongest statements of any competitor by eliminating their intrastate rival Pittsburgh Penguins with a dramatic offensive showing.

Now, the Flyers have gone from a team that most critics picked against in the first round to one of the apparent favorites to capture the Cup. Why have the Flyers suddenly become serious contenders?

Here are seven reasons to believe this group has it all this spring.

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