Frank Seravalli of The Philadelphia Daily News cited statistics from SportsClubStats.com that indicated the Flyers had an 89.6 percent chance of reaching the playoffs after their overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this week.
It is unlikely the Flyers can catch the Pittsburgh Penguins and win the division. That means if they qualify for the postseason, the Flyers will either be in the 2 vs. 3 matchup in the Metropolitan Division playoffs or earn one of the wild-card spots and face one of the two division winners in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
According to the same website, the Flyers most likely first-round opponents would be the Columbus Blue Jackets (38.1 percent likely), the New York Rangers (21.4 percent likely), the Boston Bruins (10.4 percent chance) or the Penguins (6.7 percent likely).
Here is an early look at how the Flyers match up with each of their four most likely playoff opponents. They are listed in order of probability. Feel free to comment on any of these teams and add any of your own analysis. As always, indicate why you feel the way you do.