Flyers Not Fading: Why Philadelphia Is in Good Shape for the 2011 NHL Playoffs

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Flyers Not Fading: Why Philadelphia Is in Good Shape for the 2011 NHL Playoffs
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After spending the first four months of the NHL season tearing their way through the competition, the Flyers have looked significantly more vulnerable since the All-Star break.

A recent spate of blown leads (like a three-goal third period lead at home to Atlanta) and bad losses (like a forgettable 7-0 road loss to the Rangers) have the Flyers in a free fall down online power rankings. It also has the Philadelphia faithful questioning whether the team can fulfill its playoff promise.

Fear not, Flyers fans: Things aren't nearly as bleak as they seem. Here are six reasons the team has reason to feel confident about its chances to make a Stanley Cup run.

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