The Philadelphia Flyers have travelled a strange road on their ride to the Stanley Cup Finals. As pre-season favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference the Flyers had some high expectations coming into the 2009-2010 NHL season. However, a bizarre series of events straight out of a Hollywood script sent the team through extreme highs and extreme lows all throughout an eventful regular season and a thus far brilliant postseason.
From a wide array of injuries to key players, to a mid-season head coaching change which saw the firing of John Stevens and the hiring of Peter Laviolette, to a goaltending carousel that eventually lead to third stringer Michael Leighton getting the starting job only to see him go down to injury and then come back in heroic fashion in the playoffs.
Nobody predicted the path the Flyers have taken to get to this point but they are here nonetheless against seemingly all the odds. And on the eve of the Stanley Cup Finals the Flyers hope to write one final chapter in this truly storybook tale to complete a magical 2009-2010 NHL season.
As we look forward to the series to come, the Flyers go in as heavy underdogs against the Chicago Blackhawks who dismantled the San Jose Sharks, a team that had finished the regular season as the #1 seed in the Western Conference.
The Flyers though can boast doing something that only two other teams have done in league history and that is come back from a 3-0 games deficit and win a playoff series. With the Blackhawks young and skilled talent and the Flyers never-say-die attitude this should be one of the better Finals that the NHL has seen in years.
Despite their history making postseason, the Flyers will have to defeat an offensive juggernaut that is the Chicago Blackhawks. Although they are young, the Blackhawks have a lot of postseason experience with their deep runs in the playoffs both last year and this year. They also have an offensive attack that is deeper than any other team the Flyers have faced this postseason.
All that being said about the Blackhawks, the Flyers have a very legitimate shot of winning this series. With history and perhaps destiny on their side the Flyers may be able to ride the momentum they are currently on all the way to hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup. In order to get there, here are five things the Flyers must do to have success and win their first Stanley Cup since 1975: