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On February 26 a year ago, the Flyers had 65 points in the standings and a 27-22-11 record with 22 games to play. They won 14 of them to make the playoffs with one game remaining in the regular season.
February 26, 2017 was Sunday and the Flyers have very similar numbers -- a 28-26-7 record and 63 points in the standings with 21 games to go. Only this time, the hopes are not high.
The Flyers are not trending upward like they were at this time last season. They are also running out of time, with 21 games to go, the trade deadline just two days away and the Eastern Conference being as competitive as ever with five teams within four points of each other and three points of a playoff spot. The Flyers are not one of those teams.
At this point, it seems inevitable that the Flyers will not make the playoffs. And that may be for the better.