Despite a rash of injuries and general bad news throughout the month of December, the Philadelphia Flyers have managed to do quite well.
They've silenced the critics, proving that this club is still a Stanley Cup contender, even with all the changes they made in the offseason.
As I write this article, the Flyers currently sit at fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 46 points. Not too shabby, considering the New York Rangers are currently in first place with 48 points.
Now that the holidays are just about wrapping up, Philadelphia will focus their attention on a game I'm sure any Flyers or Rangers fan has circled on their calendar—the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.
While it may be an important win for the Flyers, who already lost their last Winter Classic in Boston, what's most important is keeping everyone healthy and motivated for the playoffs.
In this slideshow, I'll list five players who I believe are the keys to the Flyers' playoff success. I hope you enjoy, and as always, feedback is appreciated.
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