So I suppose we should update our playoff chances post from yesterday after the Flyers’ ejaculatory first period led the way in a 4-3 win over the Red Wings.
As you’ll see here, the sticks have been crossed. Blades and shafts overlapping in positive glory. With the win, the Flyers increased their chances of making the playoffs from just around 50% to 69%, using HockeyViz.com. Now, you can be the child and make a 69 joke here and I’ll just point out that winning in regulation was a huge boost to these odds, because going to overtime would’ve instantly opened the door for the Red Wings to backdoor their way into a second point with a fluke goal or shootout win, and that would’ve skewed things much further in the other direction.
In fact, the win was so huge for the Flyers that they were the second biggest movers IN ALL OF SPORTS, according to SportsClubStats.com’s calculations:
Think the Flyers were ready? THINK THEY READ MY BLOG POST?!?! Because they came out FIRING. From the team’s city-leading PR department:
The last time the Flyers had 23+ sog in the first period of a game was 1/29/1984 at Chicago (25 SOG in first period).
The Flyers outshot their opponent by 20 or more shots in the first period for just the second time in team history. The other was 4/4/82 vs. Toronto when they outshot the Leafs 22-1 in the first period.
The last time the Flyers had 46+ SOG vs. Detroit was Nov. 13, 1986 (51 SOG).
Next up: Blackhawks.