The lockout-shortened 2012-2013 season saw the Philadelphia Flyers miss the playoffs for only the second time in the last 19 years. It’s been 20 years since the orange and black have been sent home after the regular schedule in consecutive campaigns.
With a core nucleus of players under the age of 25, this year's squad of Broad Street skaters hopes to return to the Cup Finals, a place they visited as recently as the spring of 2010. Taking advantage of the 2013 labor agreement, the Flyers amnestied veterans Danny Briere and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to free up some salary cap space.
Without the eccentric underachiever Bryzgalov and the oft-injured Briere, the Flyers focus is on maintaining their excellence on special teams (3rd ranked Power Play, 5th ranked Penalty Kill) while tightening things up at even strength. Playing as well five on five should certainly propel the Flyers to the top of the NHL standings.