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By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie)
With only twenty games remaining in the lockout-shortened season for the Philadelphia Flyers, reality is staring the team in the face: a playoff appearance becomes more and more unlikely by the day.
After tonight’s 5-2 drubbing at the hands of the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia finds themselves in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, with a 12-15-1 record. And with a five-day break looming, the Flyers could be in need a miracle by the time they retake the ice on March 24th in order to make the playoffs.
For a team that made the playoffs comfortably in 2011-12 – what happened?
The defense remains the biggest issue, an issue that has not been properly addressed since the likely-to-be career ending injury suffered by Chris Pronger. Last season, with Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn serving as anchors, the Flyers survived the injury with the help of better-than-expected contributions from players like M...