The Flyers are 8-2 over their last ten games, which includes two shootout wins in late-December and a thrilling overtime victory against the New Jersey Devils earlier this week. Craig Berube's squad also extended its impressive home winning streak to ten games by defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Thursday.
Through the first eight games of this hockey year Philadelphia initially lost its first three matchups and head coach Peter Laviolette. After general manager Paul Holmgren told the 'Chief' that he was taking over, the Flyers went 1-4 and seemed destined for another challenging ice campaign.
The fact that this team has gone 22-10-4 since October 24, to post an overall record of 23-17-4 (50 points), is remarkable. Moving from the bottom of the new Metropolitan Division to a current second-place tie with the Washington Capitals isn't something most rink rats (if any) would have predicted.
Holmgren's decision, which was influenced in some manner by team founder and chairman Ed Snider's input, to not make wholesale roster changes during the Halloween season was noteworthy because it contrasted with recent Flyers' history. Patience is often a wise choice and has been rewarded to-date.
Health and depth concerns often create the need for contenders to make some moves down the stretch. So, any adjustments that are made after the Olympics have been held will be understandable. But, this season those transactions seem likely to be completed in anticipation of a playoff push.