The Philadelphia Flyers were officially eliminated from the playoffs more than a week before the end of the season, which was not exactly how fans were hoping this season would turn out.
But this lockout-shortened season was strange for a number of reasons, and I am not going to put that much stock in some of the team's struggles during this abnormal schedule.
The injuries, lack of preseason, young players, underachieving veterans: all played a part in the disappointing season, but all have their own fixes.
There are reasons to be optimistic, and in the face of a depressing Stanley Cup playoffs without the Flyers, I want to bring some of those reasons to the forefront here.
These are five reasons to believe the Flyers will make the playoffs in 2014.