This is the home stretch. The next few games will either put the Flyers in the playoffs or drag their hopes through the mud. At this point, it doesn’t really matter who gets eliminated from the playoffs as long as it’s not the Flyers. They’ll be relying on yet another miracle performance from Steve Mason and hoping that the few days off since the Penguins game has been enough to get the rest of the team well rested.
Is He Injured or Not?
During Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald was boarded by Penguins Tom Kuhnhackl in the 3rd period. Was it a dirty hit that should’ve been penalized? Did MacDonald slipping cause his own injury? Who cares. It was announced that MacDonald would be day-to-day with an upper body injury and was initially expected to miss tonight’s game against Detroit.
This morning Sam Carchidi tweeted out that MacDonald was a little better off than initially thought. MacDonald is going to be a game-time decision since he’s been cleared to play, meaning he doesn’t have a concussion.
Hexy says MacDonald has been medically cleared to play. Will be game-time decision. He is likely to play.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) April 6, 2016
The Magic Number.
Depending on how the Flyers get the points, it could only take four points to put the Flyers into the playoffs. A couple regulation wins gets us in no matter what the other teams do. If they give up an overtime point, they’ll be depending on a loss from another team and out anxiety will extend that much longer.
Flyers quickest way into the playoffs: Win tonight in regulation and tomorrow at home against Toronto, no matter what Wings/Bruins do.
— John Boruk (@JohnBorukCSN) April 6, 2016
Another Rivalry Night.
The Flyers and Red Wings don’t exactly count as “Rivals” historically speaking. The Flyers don’t have history with the Red Wings like they do with the Penguins or Capitals, but with the tight playoff race, this will be an intense battle.
The Flyers are also looking to keep their Wednesday Night Rivalry streak alive. This season, the Flyers haven’t lost a Rivalry Night game.