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Fans tend to have a love-hate relationship with the Philadelphia Flyers.
You have to love them because of how exciting they are.
Can you think of any team that can suddenly put in three goals faster than Philly?
Can you think of any team that feeds off its home crowd more than the Flyers?
Can you think of any team that has consistently had a "potential" Stanley Cup-caliber team before every season more than Philadelphia?
Okay—it's time to take a break from thinking.
These guys play such a fun style of hockey that it's difficult not to root for them.
That is, until you've invested your hockey soul in them.
They seem to always find a way to leave you wanting more.
This ongoing sense of hope that is generally followed by disappointment can be attributed to a couple different factors, one of which is Philadelphia's inconsistency.
A quick look at this past season's playoffs provides a perfect example.
After completely dismantling the Pittsburgh Penguins defense in the first round, the Flyers fell apart against the New Jersey Devils.
All of the sudden, scoring seemed like a foreign language.
Hockey is a game of momentum (take a look at the Los Angeles Kings) and Philly couldn't have put themselves in a better position after the Penguins series.
At the same time, this team couldn't have taken themselves out of that great position any faster.
This year's Atlantic Division could come down to which team is the most consistent throughout the regular season.
Playing at a high level on a game-to-game basis will be one of the most important factors for Philadelphia if the Flyers are to be in the discussion as division favorites.