Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons They Are Poised for a Stanley Cup Run

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons They Are Poised for a Stanley Cup Run
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The Philadelphia Flyers ended their season last year in shambles. The tragic ending came after a first-half performance that was so dominating, Flyer fans were booking their Stanley Cup Finals tickets in January.

This year, after an off-season roster overhaul that had skeptics announcing them dead before one shift was played, the Flyers are right where they want to be: in the middle of the pack.

Apparently Paul Holmgren knew what he was doing after all. Evidently, changes in philosophy and team dynamics were needed—not coaching.

Last season, Philadelphia rode atop the Eastern Conference for two-thirds of the season, only to have the wheels come off.

The media keeps dropping those little teaser tidbits about how the Flyers are so many points behind Pittsburgh. Who cares?

I say let Pittsburgh and Washington have their division titles, top seeds and Presidents' Trophies. Do teams that reach those pinnacles out of the East fare well in attaining the true goal? Not usually.

This Flyers team needs to keep doing like Boston did last year, and long-time division nemesis New Jersey, did in their multiple Cup runs: hang in there, then come May, lay down the law.

With that said, allow me to present my five reasons the Flyers are poised for second-half success.

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