The Flyers are hot.

Through 18 games this season the orange and black are 10-7-1 with 21 points making them the second best team in the Metropolitan division. At almost the quarter point of the season few expected this team to be competitive. They are lacking superstar talent while focusing more on developing their youth then playoff aspirations. This is not a complete fluke as there are reasons why the team is preforming so well early in the season.

An active winning streak

The Flyers are currently on a five game winning streak, three of which were against teams that made the playoffs last season. Philadelphia has outscored opponents 22-11 during this stretch. The streak begin during their annual California road trip after giving San Jose their first win of the season. They would then go on to beat Anaheim, Los Angeles, Carolina, Vegas, and Columbus. The next seven games for the Flyers are all against division opponents. On average teams that are in a playoff position at Thanksgiving end up making the postseason in April.

Goaltending

Flyers goalie Carter Hart has gotten off to one of the best starts of his career. Through nine games he is 6-3 with a 2.40 goals against and 0.919 save percentage. Hart has missed a few games this year with a mid-body injury followed by a brief battle with food poisoning. During that stretch both Cal Peterson and Sam Errson. Peterson has appeared in two games both agaisnt his former club the LA Kings. While Sam Errson has solidified himself as Hart’s back up.

A return to form

While on the offensive side of the puck several players who struggled last season have returned to their full potential. Of course having both Sean Couturier and Cam Atkinson back after missing all of last season is major help as both players have 13 points this season. While Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Owen Tippett, Joel Farabee, Travis Sanhiem, and Sean Walker all have ten or more points this season.

The Flyers are next in action Wednesday the 22 in New York to face the Islanders. They are then back home for their annual Black Friday game hosting the Rangers. Before returing to Long Island on Saturday to one again face Bo Horvat and the Islanders.

Erica Hartland: USA Today Sports

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