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CSN: Philadelphia Flyers ring in New Year verses Calgary Flames

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The Philadelphia Flyers face the Calgary Flames on New Year's Eve at 9 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Craig Berube has seen his orange and black squad post an impressive 19-13-4 mark since he took over for Peter Laviolette. Overall the Flyers are 19-16-4 (42 points), which places them third in the Metropolitan Division behind the Pittsburgh Penguins (59 points) and the Washington Capitals (45 points).

Considering their troubling training camp efforts and 0-3 start to the 2013-14 season, Philadelphia has rebounded nicely. General manager Paul Holmgren's choice to quickly replace 'Lavy' with the 'Chief' was roundly critiqued for understandable reasons.

With respect for what Laviolette was able to accomplish during his tenure in Philadelphia, Berube's elevation from assistant coach surely appears to have been the right move. His emphasis on team defense in every zone has enabled a controlled tempo to be felt through most games.

Currently on a three-game win streak, the Flyers last two victories have resulted via shootout. Defeating a good Vancouver Canucks team yesterday, after tying that road game with less than a minute to go in the third period, is the type of victory this team needs in order to continue its seasonal recovery.

Continued steady play in net should help a decent defense to maintain confidence throughout the season. Those factors, along with increased productivity throughout the forward lines, make a sustained playoff push possible.

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