Right now, the Flyers aren’t a playoff team. If the season ended today, they’d finish nine points out of a playoff spot. They have a 3.9% chance to make the playoffs, and that’s on a slight uptick (after a significant drop):
Still, Claude Giroux believes. “There’s no doubt that we’re a playoff team,” he told Neil Hartman. “We’re going to prove it in the future.” It’s not quite as ridiculous as Ben Revere’s late-season statement that the Phils were “busting their tails to get that second wild card spot” while they had a 0.0% chance at it, but it’s still a long shot.
Giroux promised a playoff spot last year, but that was after a 1-7-0 start, which gave the team a lot more time to right the ship. Even if, at the time, Kyle called G’s remark about only being six points out “the dumbest athlete quote I’ve ever read. Ever.” Also last year, the Flyers went from a 4.37% chance to make the playoffs to actually making the post-season. So, it’s possible. But last season, that 4.37% chance was the season’s low point, in November. This year, there’s a lot less sand in the hourglass.