Stanley Cup Odds 2012: Why Philadelphia Flyers Are Still a Threat

May 8th, 2012 by Timothy Rapp Leave a reply »
The odds are now stacked against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Literally, that is—if you go to, they are currently 16:1 to win the Stanley Cup and 8:1 to win the NHL's Eastern Conference, as low as the odds currently go for any team still alive.

Losing superstar Claude Giroux for Game 5 due to a suspension doesn't help. Nor does losing three straight games to the New Jersey Devils, who have dominated the boards with their ferocious forecheck and have effectively bottled up the Flyers defensively.

The series has been hotly contested, sure, but the Devils seem to have the upper hand with momentum squarely on their side.

But it isn't over yet.

It wasn't over two years ago, when the Flyers overcame a 3-0 deficit to the Boston Bruins en route to a Stanley Cup berth.

For once, the team doesn't find itself in trouble because of poor goaltending. In fact, the Flyers have squandered consecutive fine efforts by goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

No, it's been something far simpler than that—the Devils have simply worked harder and more effectively on the boards.

Simple dump-ins remain in the Philadel ...

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