Philadelphia Flyers 2010-11 Season: How Do You Predict the Unpredictable?

September 3rd, 2010 by Dan Kelley Leave a reply »
With the NHL preseason only a few weeks away, it’s only a matter of time before NHL analysts and enthusiasts across Canada and the United States start making their predictions about the 2010-11 season and playoffs. And if the Philadelphia Flyers’ 09-10 campaign taught us anything, it is that we probably shouldn’t bother making predictions at all.

No matter how extensive your hockey knowledge may be, you could not have predicted the elements of the season and playoffs that took the Flyers within two wins of hoisting the Cup. 

Maybe you predicted that Ray Emery wasn’t the answer to the Flyers’ goaltending woes. Admittedly, you were right. But you didn’t predict the apparent answer would be Michael Leighton, with a backup cast that featured Brian Boucher starting in the playoffs, playing time for Johan Backlund and Jeremy Duchesne, and a roster appearance by Sebastian Caron.

Maybe you predicted the Flyers would make the playoffs. Again, that came true. But you didn’t predict they would eek their way into the seventh spot on the last day of the season, in a shootout against one of the league’s bett ...

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