4 Potential X-Factors for Philadelphia Flyers in 2013-14 Season

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4 Potential X-Factors for Philadelphia Flyers in 2013-14 Season
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For a non-playoff team, the Philadelphia Flyers really weren't that far away.

The Orange and Black finished just six points back of the New York Islanders for the eighth and final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference and only seven points back of a sixth-place tie between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators.

Philly finished the season claiming six of its final seven contests and topped the .500 mark for the only time all year with a 2-1 triumph in Ottawa in the regular-season finale.

In any other year, the Flyers may have righted the ship and made a push in the second half to secure one of the East's eight playoff positions.

Instead, it was too little too late for Philadelphia in the lockout-shortened, 48-game 2013 season.

But a new year isn't far off. And with an 82-game calendar and a refreshed (and recuperated) set of bodies, the Flyers should be poised to compete once again.

Here are the four biggest X-factors for Philadelphia heading into next season.

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