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For some reason, Ed Snider is happy with that 3-game California trip

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Expectations are apparently lower than we all thought they were.

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The Flyers entered last week's California trip as losers of four straight, so maybe a 1-1-1 record against San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles isn't the worst possible outcome. But ... well, Ed Snider might be a little too kind here.

"I think it was a very successful trip," Snider said. "When you think in terms of how we were playing and what could have happened, I think you have to look at this as a turnaround for us, I hope.

The Flyers hung tough with three strong teams out in California, and only lost the chance at points in all three games by 11 seconds against the Sharks. Glass half full, or something. From that perspective, yeah ... not a bad trip at all. Certainly not "very successful," but not the worst.

But let's not sugar coat it. Even in the game they won against the Kings, they relied on Steve Mason to pull out the win, getting outshot 38-16 and winning 2-1. And they did blow a tie game in the final 11 seconds vs. the Sharks. And they blew a 3-1 lead against the Ducks.

If we're happy with those three-games, then expectations on this Flyers team are lower than we anticipated. Or maybe Uncle Ed is just mellowing as he ages...