The Flyers will be heading to the west coast for another road trip at the end of January. This trip will be somewhat manageable though. It's only 3 games. All of them are in California, against the Ducks, Kings, and Sharks.
There has been a lot of discussion lately about how many more road games the Flyers have played than at home. The "silver lining" of this imbalance is that the Flyers will finish the season with boatloads of home games. The other teams will be slogging through road games trying to secure points in an effort to make the playoffs. This will really help the Flyers down the stretch as they try to secure a spot in the playoffs. The top three teams in the Metropolitan Division are guaranteed a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It may not be the advantage we thought it would be though. Here's the breakdown of the division:
***Games Played through Tuesday January 14***
As you can see, the advantage we might have been counting on is not really very much. Five of the Eight Metropolitan teams have played more road games than home games. The Flyers do have the biggest imbalance at 7 games but with the Devils at 4 games and the Pens and Isles at 3 it is not that big of an advantage for the Flyers.
One big surprise in this list is the Rangers. Due to summer renovations at Madison Square Garden they started the year with 9 straight games on the road and 10 of their first 11. They have made it all the way back to even already.
Take a look at the Capitals imbalance. They have the biggest swing in the opposite direction from the Flyers. They have played 6 games more at home so far than on the road. Washington has 21 road games left and only 15 home games. The Flyers have 14 road games remaining and 21 at home. That is a 13 game swing. In the standings, the Flyers have been "On the See-Saw" with Washington for a few weeks now. (Quoting a grossly overused saying from Marc Zumoff on the Sixers tv coverage.) Hopefully, this imbalance we enjoy over the Capitals will help us down the stretch.
With all of this being said...you have to win the games to gain any benefit from this imbalance. Things are pretty tight in the division, so I'll take any advantage we can get.