Few teams in the NHL were playing better when the NHL suspended its season than the Philadelphia Flyers as they were neck and neck with the Washington Capitals for the Metropolitan Division title. Here’s an overview of the Flyers’ season with Mybookie NHL odds and Stanley Cup Odds.
Philadelphia Flyers 2020 NHL Season Analysis
Philadelphia was 41-21-7 when the season was suspended, good for 89 points and just one behind Washington for the Metro lead. Philly had a nine-game winning streak snapped in its final game, a 2-0 home loss to NHL-best Boston on March 10. The Flyers had scored at least three goals in each of their nine wins during the streak. They scored five goals four times since the streak started Feb. 18 against Columbus.
The Flyers’ offense that had scored at least three goals in each of their nine wins during the streak. They scored five goals four times since the streak started Feb. 18 against Columbus. Travis Konecny signed a new deal this past summer, and his $5.5 million average annual value is already looking like a steal. He is leading his team in goals per 60 minutes. Kevin Hayes was on pace to set a new career-high in goals this campaign. He ranks second the team with 23 goals and he has 41 points in 69 games this season.
Scott Laughton has established a new single-season career high with 13 goals despite some time lost due to injuries and the NHL’s schedule pause. He is within five points of tying his career-high in points (32) set last season, when he was able to dress in all 82 games. Laughton’s 0.55 points per game is tops among Flyers forwards who primarily play in the bottom-six of the rotation at five-on-five. Additionally, his 2.51 points per 60 minutes of ice time leads all Flyers players who have dressed in 10 or more games this season.
That Philly had been playing so well was even more impressive in that the team is missing some key guys due to injury. James van Riemsdyk suffered a broken right index finger on March 4 and had a four-to-six timetable, so he will probably be ready to return if the NHL resumes the season. JVR has 19 goals and 40 points in 66 games this season.
Nate Thompson is expected to be ready to return if the NHL resumes play in May. Thompson sustained a sprained knee back on March 10 and he was slated to be out of action for at least two weeks. He has skated in seven games with the Flyers since he was acquired from Montreal at the trade deadline.
Philippe Myers should be able to return from a fractured patella if the NHL season resumes. Philadelphia GM Chuck Fletcher said that Myers would be good to go if the 2019-20 season continued in May. The 23-year-old defenseman has been out since March 7 and he was initially given a timetable of about four weeks for his recovery. Myers is second in plus/minus among rookies. Myers is currently at plus-17, while Rangers defenseman Adam Fox is at plus-22.
Winger Oskar Lindblom continues to go through treatments after he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in December. That’s a rare form of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones. Lindblom had 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games prior to going on the sidelines. Lindblom has been around the team when he can, including an appearance at photo day in early March.
Center Nolan Patrick hadn’t played at all during the 2019-20 season because of a migraine disorder. Patrick had 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games in 2018-19.
Philadelphia Flyers odds to win Stanley Cup
Philly is +900 to win its first Cup since 1975. The Flyers have reached the Finals six times since and lost each time, most recently in 2010.