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That was a gigantic win for the Philadelphia Flyers last night, and with a Hurricanes loss, a Devils loss and a Penguins loss in the last two nights, things are looking up for the Flyers right now.

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And just in time for Saturday afternoon's game against the Arizona Coyotes, it looks like the captain could be back.

The Flyers have played a pair of very good hockey games this week without their captain, and that's a good sign. But look: the power play, for one, revolves around Claude Giroux. It's not necessarily shocking that Giroux went out of the lineup and Shayne Gostisbehere's point streak abruptly ended a game later. He is the best player, and they need him back ASAP if they want a realistic shot at the postseason.

He is the engine that makes the Flyers go, and getting him back in the lineup for a stretch of upcoming games against weak opponents that the Flyers absolutely need to capitalize on ... well, that'd just be huge.