How Did the Flyers Stop Being Awful?

They stand on the verge of the playoffs. It wasn't supposed to be this way.
Dec 28, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate Michael Raffl (12) shootout winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Photo | Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 28, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate Michael Raffl (12) shootout winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Photo | Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Via Crossing Broad comes news that the Philadelphia Flyers do not suck, despite a recent four-game skid. How’d that happen? Last time we checked in, they did suck — less than a 5 percent chance of making the playoffs after a rough start to the season in November.

Crossing Broad looks inside the stats:

Their chances of making the playoffs have been about over 90% since beating the Blackhawks a few weeks ago.

What’s amazing is that their playoff chances went from under 10% to over 90% in about only 100 days. Their fortunes began to reverse course after that 3-0 Devils loss, when they beat the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, on November 9.

Well darn. We were so busy chronicling the Sixers historical crappiness that we forgot to pay attention to a good team over the winter. Lesson learned.