Checking In On The NHL’s ’67 Expansion Teams

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Philadelphia Flyers

Nov 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (93) brings the puck to center Claude Giroux (28) after Giroux scored a goal during the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Oilers, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Overall Record: 1,779-1,224-457-94

Stanley Cup Titles: 2 (’74,’75)

Playoff Appearances: 36

Playoffs Record: 214-182

Playoff Series Record: 43-34

I promise this will not lead into a rant about Claude Giroux’s lack of production this season, because that seems to be all anyone cares about concerning the Flyers.

Much like any team from Philadelphia the Flyers have a passionate fan base that loves a team when they are winning and will turn on a team is underperforming.

Luckily for the Flyers they have not had too many times where the fans have turned on the team because of lack of performance. The team’s 36 playoff appearances is tied for the highest among the teams in this group and they are well over 500 games from .500 since coming into the league.

Also the Flyers are one of only two teams to have a won more playoff series than they have lost since coming into the league. Playoff success is hard to come by and the Flyers seem to have figured it out at several points in the history.

Since coming into the league I don’t think there was a better time to be a fan of the Flyers than the days of the Broad Street Bullies. The Flyers were a force to be reckoned with and were all around entertaining to watch, fully encompassing the physical nature of hockey, an element of hockey that is nearly gone in today’s NHL.