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Flyers Schedule 2011: Winnable Slate For Philadelphia

The Flyers are within striking distance of the top spot in the Atlantic Division and get some lousy teams on the schedule this week.

Philadelphia is sitting just behind the lead in the tight Atlantic Division. Looking at the Flyers schedule this week, it could be time to make a bit of a move.

Philadelphia has played well of late, winning four of its last six games. The Flyers two losses in that span came via OT and a shootout. This week, the schedule presents the Coyotes, Hurricanes and Jets. With a combined record of 19-21-9, these teams are there to be beat. Of that bunch, only Phoenix has a winning record.

Here's where the Flyers stand right now via Broad Street Hockey's Ben Rothenberg:

What you may not realize even now is that the Flyers have secretly been awesome. For a team that no one seems to be particularly aroused over, the Flyers are currently only two points out of first place, with a game in hand on the conference-leading Penguins. Granted, a lot of this is due to the fact that no one in the East has a great record at the moment, but I'll overlook that for the sake of delusional happiness.

The Flyers open the week against Carolina on Monday. The game is televised at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Carolina ranks 24th in the NHL in goals allowed, a bad matchup against the Flyers, who average more goals per game than any team in the league.

Philadelphia's toughest test this week will come against the Coyotes.

For more on the Flyers, visit SB Nation's Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey.