PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers expected an offseason of major change would bring them closer to a Stanley Cup. With the NHL season entering its third period, they are no closer to even winning an Atlantic Division title.
After a solid start, the Flyers are scuffling, suddenly a bad game or two away from falling to fourth in the division.
The New York Rangers have emerged as not only the class of the Atlantic, but tops in the Eastern Conference, and should they keep winning, and enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, they can look at their total domination of the Flyers as a reason for their success. They are 5-0 this season against their neighbors from the City of Brotherly Love.
That puts a division title out of reach for Philadelphia.
Second place is looking kind of shaky, too.