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The Philadelphia Flyers have also struggled playing three-solid periods of hockey in many games this season.
Whether it's starting slow out of the gate, coming out flat in the second period, or lack of closure in the third, the Flyers must now understand the importance of a full game of hockey.
According to NHL.com, when Philly does not score the opening goal, the team has a .217 winning percentage. In comparison to when the Flyers score first, their winning percentage jumps to .647.
Digging even deeper into the stats, when Philadelphia leads after the first period, they own a winning percentage of .750 and after the second period it rises to .800.
Unlike years past, Philly has been unsuccessful playing from behind—making it more important to score early, hold leads and finish games. Too often the Flyers find themselves in a hole and are unable to re-gain any momentum.
If the Flyers can play full, sixty minute games and grind opponents each night, the team has a shot to make the postseason. It won't be an easy task with 13 games remaining, but Philadelphia has no other choice.
They put themselves into this situation—with some bad luck along the way—and now must dig deep and fight until the very last horn.