The Flyers were supposed to be eliminated by now. After their 1-7-0 start, a coaching change three games into the season and a scoreless Claude Giroux through the first 15 games of the season, the Flyers were supposed to be eliminated before Thanksgiving. And then after getting back into the race, with a post-Olympic break schedule that included the Sharks, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Penguins (twice in two days), Blackhawks, Blues, Kings and Rangers twice, they weren’t supposed to make it. But here we are with three weeks left in the season and the Flyers trail the Rangers by one point and have two games in hand.
Sam Carchidi, the Flyers beat writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, joined me to talk about how the Flyers have survived the gauntlet portion of their schedule, the similarities between Martin St. Louis and Claude Giroux’s seasons and how everyone is pulling for a Rangers-Flyers playoff series.