We’re now 50 games into the 2023-24 NHL season and it has been one of pleasant surprises for Flyers fans. The Orange and Black currently sit in 3rd place in the Metro pretty comfortably, with eyes turning towards a potential first playoff run under John Tortorella. With that in mind, is now a good time to back the Flyers?
It might not be the worst decision in the world to back Philly early, either. Take a look at Jalen Hurts for example. The young quarterback was 35/1 at the beginning of the year to win the 2022 MVP Award. Prior to picking up a shoulder sprain, he was around 1/2 to win the coveted award. A cash out on a bet placed months ago would’ve yielded huge returns and there’s every chance that being early on the Flyers would net a similar result.
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While it’s been a great season of progress for a young Philadelphia team, a recent five-game losing streak has certainly dented their playoff hopes. The Flyers have conceded 5+ in each of their last 3 games, and it’s going to take some defensive work to stop the bleeding. However, the recent trade for D-Man, Jamie Drysdale, could play a large part in that.
The other caveat is that the team will now be without franchise goaltender, Carter Hart, who has been granted leave of absence, along with 4 others from the Canada World Junior Championship National Team from 2018, amidst an ongoing investigation relating to a sexual assault inquiry. With his status with the team obviously now up in the air, it has left the Flyers depending on Calvin Petersen to fill a role alongside Samuel Ersson.
If you are bullish on Torts’ ability to right the ship and keep the Flyers moving in the right direction, now might not be a bad time to bet them. At +7000, it’s a lotto ticket that could pay huge dividends if the Flyers can get hot at the right time. As things stand, the team is hunting down a wild card spot, but will need to get back to winning ways to punch their postseason ticket.
Right now it’s probably better to just have a flutter and place $5-$10 on this outcome rather than any kind of substantial wager, but it could still be $5-$10 that becomes much more should a miracle happen.
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