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Flyers Enjoy a Much-Needed Three-Game Winning Streak

Eric LaForgeCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 27: Danny Briere #48 (3rd L) of the Philadelphia Flyers is congratulated by team amtes after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders on December 27, 2009 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Compared to a lot of other teams, the Flyers had an average start to their season. They went 6-4-1 in the month of October, and we weren't really sure what was going to happen after that.

The question on everybody's mind was whether or not the Flyers would get better, worse, or just stay the same.

Skip forward two months and you have the Flyers in a bad position. They are 11th in the conference with 38 points. Currently, their record is 18-18-2.

However, that's including the three-game winning streak that they currently sit on.

December has been a very cruel month for the team. Before this three-game winning streak, the Flyers had only won two games.

This slump was causing them to sink further and further down in the standings. Slowly, they were being turned away from the playoffs.

Fans were losing confidence in the team. I've seen plenty of Flyers fans bashing the team over the past few weeks.

It seems like the problems have been everywhere. I've heard people complain about the offense, the defense, and the coaching.

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This three-game winning streak has started to give a little bit of confidence back to the fans. In fact, I think that this winning streak means more to the fans than it does the standings.

Really, this isn't going to affect the standings too much. However, it's very calming for fans to be able to realize that they are only two points out of a playoff spot.

Still, fans are skeptical of whether or not this is going to continue. The more games the Flyers win in the next few weeks, the more confidence the fans will have.

As for right now, it's just a great thing to be able to say that they still have a chance. However, the next few weeks will show us what the Flyers are made of.

If they start to play terribly again, they'll pretty much be counted out of the playoffs.

There's a ton of time left in the season, and plenty of time for the team to turn their season around.

We can probably be sure that it will be close. I think that they'll still be fighting for a playoff spot in late-March.

That's my prediction, but we'll have to wait and see whether or not I'm right.

See more of my NHL opinions at Tips for Hockey

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