The Flyers finished second in the Eastern Conference after leading for 57 consecutive days. The past five weeks of hockey has been pretty dreadful, as the Flyers have lost 14 out of their final 21 games.
The Sabres on the other hand are smoking hot and they have been since January 1 going 28-11-6. Buffalo finished the regular season going 8-1-1 in its last 10 games and had only one regulation loss in it's final 13 games.
The two teams seem like they are heading in two different directions, and that may be the reason why some of the largest sports stations and websites in America are picking against the Orange and Black.
Can the Flyers just "flip the switch" like we have heard them say for weeks? Is it really that simple? Or can they salvage a season that not too long ago seemed so promising?
Should Flyers fans be worried that the second seed has only won 17 of 32 playoff series since the current format was adopted since 1994?
Let's look at both teams and see how they grade out, and Flyer's fans minds may be put as ease.