The Philadelphia Flyers have the odds stacked against them.
Every remaining playoff game against Pittsburgh is a must-win situation.
It starts with winning Game Four at home, which against the Penguins is far from an easy task. The Flyers have been outscored 12-5 through the first three games of the series. Through the first three rounds of the playoffs, Pittsburgh has won 11 of 12 games.
Philadelphia is still without the services of Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn, which leaves the defense in a bind.
Not to dampen the mood of Flyers fans, but Philadelphia has never come back to win a playoff series after trailing 3-0. The last time it happened was in the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings when Philadelphia was swept in four games.
If this is indeed the end of the road for the Flyers, they should be commended for their efforts. This is an organization that finished with the NHL’s worst record last season. This is a team hasn’t been completely healthy all year. Yet, they managed to eliminate the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadians.
Could Philadelphia come back and beat the Penguins in four straight games? Sure. After all, many doubted they would get past the Canadians.
Will it happen?
If they fall short, the team can dedicate the off-season to go out and getting the missing pieces through trades and free agency.
As we seem to say way too often around Philadelphia, maybe next year Flyers fans.