• Thomas Panella

Flyers 2021 season preview

This past week, the NHL announced that a 56-game, 2021 season will begin on January 13th. Other than the number of games, there are some regular season and playoff changes that will affect the Flyers' performance.

Due to Coronavirus implications, the divisions were temporarily changed. The Flyers were placed in the East Division, along with the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Essentially it's the Metropolitan Division plus the Bruins and Sabres. The 56-game season will also be played entirely within the division, which means the Flyers will face each of those teams eight times.

The Flyers undoubtedly have their hands full with such talented opponents, but with the Penguins and Capitals now facing goaltender questions, they may have an easier path to success compared to years past.

Speaking of goalies, the Flyers have one of the best goalie tandems in the division, meaning with such a small selection of opponents, they are poised to win more games than they lose.

They also made a move in the offseason to sure up defenseman depth, signing Erik Gustafsson (no, not that Erik Gustafsson) from the Calgary Flames. Hopefully Gustafsson will continue to contribute for his new team.

Overall, the Flyers have the potential to be a top 5 team in the league and Stanley Cup finalist if everything pans out in their favor. The Flyers’ floor this season should be taken with a grain of salt, given the unusual nature of this season, but they should at the very least make the playoffs.

Regardless of what happens, we should be excited to see our Flyers face off against some of our most hated opponents more than ever this year. With any luck, we'll see some “old time hockey” moments that were missing in recent times.