PHILADELPHIA– Alain Vigneault’s first season with the Flyers was a success: a 41-21-7 record, a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division, the most significant one-year improvement of any NHL group, and the franchise’s first playoff-series win given that 2012.

So what do the genial coach and his players provide for an encore? Will Vigneault get to raise the Stanley Cup for the very first time in an 18-year coaching profession? Will the Flyers be champs for the very first time since 1975?

Well, some national oddsmakers have them as the NHL’s fifth-best group, behind Colorado, Vegas, Tampa Bay, and Boston.

That states a lot about this team’s capacity. It says even more about how individuals believe in Carter Hart, the precocious goalie who has the ability and composure to be amongst the NHL’s elite– at 22.

It also says a lot about this group’s makeup: a solid mix of veterans and youth. The Flyers were one of just three NHL teams (Boston and Colorado were the others) to be in the top 7 in both objectives scored and enabled last season.

” We’ve taken a step forward in the in 2015,” Vigneault, a coach-of-the-year finalist last season, said previously in the week, “and our intents are to take another advance this year.”

Last season, “we put our name on the map,” center Kevin Hayes stated. “I believe everybody type of enjoyed it. They were really excited with how our season went.”

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Fast-forward to this season. This is a group that requires to a minimum of reach the 3rd playoff round to make the season a success. And with Boston added to their division, the Flyers will be amongst a number of top quality groups defending 4 playoff berths.

Boston, whose defense has been deteriorated; Washington; the Flyers; and Pittsburgh look like the department’s Big Four, however the Islanders might likewise be in the mix, and the up-and-coming Rangers might be a year ahead of schedule.