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The Flyers in Franchise Hockey Manager - Part 14 - Playoffs, and a new idea

Let’s go, The Flyers.

Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

2019-20: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

2020-21: Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10

2021-22: Part 11, Part 12, Part 13

Last time on the Flyers in FHM, through 63 games, with only the last few months of the 2021-22 season remaining, the Flyers sat comfortably in first place, nearly assured of a top chance at defending their 2020-21 title.

As we delve back into the world of FHM, I’ve decided that instead of going through March and April, I would simply head straight through to the playoffs, since we all know that they are playoff bound.

I’ll quickly update on what happened in the last 19 games of the season.

The Flyers rounded out the season at 59-18-5, as they topped the entire league with 123 points, winning the President’s Trophy for the first time, and owning the league’s best record for the first time since 1984-85.

Therefore, with the #1 seed in the Metro, and #1 seed in the East, secured, a first round matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes was waiting in the wings.

In terms of personal statistics, Alex Ovechkin led the Flyers in points with 110 of them, tying his second highest ever point total in his career. His 60 goals also marked the first time he reached that number since his incredible 2007-08 season where he scored 65. Filip Forsberg and Claude Giroux also finished with point-per-game or above point totals.

Filip Forsberg finished with the highest Corsi-for on the club, and as was the case earlier, every single skater finished with at least 50.00 CF%.

Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars led the league in points, as the usual suspects continue to set the pace in the NHL. Perhaps the only surprising thing to see is that Anders Lee scored 47 goals. Though, in fairness, in real life he did score 40 in 2017-18.

Well, with the regular season officially concluded, we now head into playoff time! Join me as I go game by game to see if we can defend our title!

Round One

To start the series, the Flyers matched the Hurricanes blow for blow in the first two periods, before taking control midway through the second period. Two goals from the Hurricanes early in the second gave them a 4-2 lead, however, after three unanswered goals from Quinton Byfield, Claude Giroux, and Phil Myers (in because of an Ivan Provorov suspension) secured a lead that the Flyers wouldn’t give up.

Game two saw the Flyers come from behind from being 3-0 down to force an overtime. Alex Ovechkin netted the tying goal with just four minutes left in the third period. However, halfway through the period, Kasper Simontaival of the Hurricanes was sent through on a breakaway by Sebastian Aho, and he beat Felix Sandstrom to tie the series at 1-1.

Yes, I did say Felix Sandstrom because, in a huge blow to our chances, Carter Hart was injured in the second period. It was an elbow injury, and the team doctor thinks he will be out for a week or two. So, we will have to hopefully survive without him. Sandstrom is only rated at two stars, and is a below average backup. Tomas Hertl was hurt as well, and would be out day-to-day.

Game three would see the series switch to PNC Arena, and an early flurry from the Flyers saw them win as Carolina couldn’t prevent a comeback. Six different Flyers scored, including a shorthanded goal from Filip Forsberg.

However, game four wasn’t to be the same, as the series would yet again be tied. Carolina simply dominated this game, and though the shot battle was roughly equal, we didn’t stand a chance against Linus Ullmark, who stood on his head today.

Games five and six, unfortunately as I group them together, were similar.

Despite being able to get shots on goal, and playing Carolina honestly in terms of possession, they just couldn’t beat Ullmark, and Felix Sandstrom was unable to provide saves to keep the Flyers in it. I don’t think that by any means its Sandstrom’s fault. He wasn’t much used in the season and he has very little experience. In the end, the Flyers are shockingly eliminated as there will be a new Stanley Cup champion in 2022. Perhaps, however, this situation bodes similarly to the Detroit Red Wings of 1995-96, who with a record of 62-13-7, were upset by the Colorado Avalanche, only to then win the Cup the following season (unfortunately against the Flyers).

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

In the end, the Boston Bruins (gross) won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years, defeating the Calgary Flames in six games.

Some Flyers won awards as well! Carter Hart won the Vezina trophy for the first time in his career, while Claude Giroux won the Mark Messier leadership trophy.

With that, I will conclude this episode of Flyers in FHM. However, before I leave you, I have some news:

There have been a number of comments asking about the potential to run a BSH wide FHM game, and while I have no idea how to actually do that, I think I can certainly try.

Click here to access the sign up sheet that I have created. Since online play can only be practiced by sending, uploading and downloading league files, so I’ll only really need an email address for that. Also, please try not to pick the Flyers since I know we’ll all be biased. I mean you can if you want, I can’t stop you, but just from personal experience it’s more fun to take over other teams.