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Flyers host Caps in must-win for both squads

The season is only a few weeks away from being done and the tightness of the division races have heated up immensely.

The Philadelphia Flyers (42-23-8; 92 points) and Washington Capitals (37-30-6; 80 points) are both in the middle of two very important division races. Both teams trail their respective division-leading New York Rangers and Florida Panthers by five points.

Flyers Face Panthers As Spring Playoff Atmosphere Arrives

In Philadelphia, spring is in the air you can hear the birds sing during the day and the crickets chirp at night. The weather is starting to warm up now, Major League Baseball's spring training has already begun and the Philadelphia Flyers are getting in playoff mode.

The feeling arrived this weekend during back-to back matinee games starting with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Flyers' Luck Runs Out In Shootout Loss

The Flyers went into Boston needing to get two points. They left with one, and they should be lucky to have gotten that much.

The Bruins managed to hold off a Flyers comeback for a 3-2 win in the shootout, and more importantly, a much needed two points in the Eastern Conference standings.

Outplayed for much of the game, Philadelphia did manage to get a couple goals past Boston goalie Tim Thomas in the second and third periods but other than that, they were out-muscled by Boston's pressure for much of the game's 60 minutes.

For starters, luck wasn't on the Flyers side early, especially for goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Flyers Look for Afternoon Delight This Weekend

So far this season, the Flyers have struggled mightily while playing during the day.

The team’s 3-8-1 record in afternoon games is proof enough of that.

Looking lethargic at times, the team’s lack of jump in day time hockey has resulted in sloppy play, which has allowed their opponents to outscore them 49-33 in those kinds of games.

Obviously, this is a trend that needs to be eliminated in the near future.

Bryz Breaks Beezer's Record; Earns Two More Points

Making Ilya Bryzgalov the story for every game has become tiresome to the fans, the front office and Bryzgalov himself.

But when he does something as special as he's done the past couple of weeks, it's hard to just take all the focus away from the Russian netminder, nicknamed the $51 Million Man.

The Flyers have been winning, and they have been playing a brand of hockey many expected them to play down the stretch. Scoring, defense and goaltending - those are the three things that win championships.

So why does the focus all come back to Bryzgalov? Because of the franchise shutout streak that he just broke that stood tall for 13 years midway through the second period.

Flyers Set To Face Islanders For Last Time This Season

The Philadelphia Flyers (40-22-7) and the New York Islanders (28-31-11) will meet for the final time this season when they face each other tonight at Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers won the last meeting between these teams (6-2), even though they entered that game with a 3-5 record in the eight games prior.

A different Flyers team will be coming to the arena tonight.

Nothing's Stopping the Flyers Now

Right now, there is no stopping the Philadelphia Flyers.

Despite injuries to a number of key players – four veteran defensemen included – they’ve managed to play extremely well over these last few weeks.

They’re currently riding a 5-game win streak, and have outscored their opponents 15-5 in that span.

Credit can be given all throughout the lineup, but no one deserves it more than Ilya Bryzgalov.

Everything Is Clicking for the Flyers Going Down the Stretch

It’s hard to believe that there are only 16 games left in the regular season.

This is the point where those on the cusp decide their fate, and those locked in begin to look ahead to the postseason.

The Philadelphia Flyers (38-21-7) currently sit in 5th place in the Eastern Conference and will most likely be heading to the playoffs.

Despite a drastically different roster than last season’s and countless injuries throughout the lineup, the team has been in the mix since the start of the season.

Flyers,Bryz On A Roll As They Hunt For Fourth Against Panthers

After not winning back-to-back games since early January, the Philadelphia Flyers have managed to string together a three-game winning streak.

They will look to extend that streak to four tonight when they face the Florida Panthers in front of the Philly home crowd.

Howe Sweet It Is, Flyers Look For Third Straight

Mark Howe played ten years for the Philadelphia Flyers (1982-1992), and is arguably the franchise's best defensemen. He played all of his home games as a Flyer inside the confines of the Spectrum, which no longer stands.

Tonight the Flyers (36-21-7) will retire his number 2 during a pregame ceremony before they take on another former team of his, the Detroit Red Wings (43-20-3).