3 Flyers thoughts: 2020-21 NHL division talk, Elliot Desnoyers’ new goals, more

Thanksgiving is next week and the Flyers are in the thick of their offseason.

Still feels weird, right?

Traditionally, Turkey Day is followed by a Black Friday game at the Wells Fargo Center. In 2019-20, the Flyers played in Philadelphia on Black Friday for the 14th straight season.

Alas, times are different right now with the coronavirus pandemic, so let’s get into three more Flyers thoughts.

1. Friends or foes

For safety and monetary reasons, the NHL could alleviate the length of travel by realigning divisions in 2020-21. According to a report this week by ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, a current concept under contemplation would place the Flyers in an East division with the Bruins, Sabres, Hurricanes, Devils, Islanders, Rangers and Capitals.

No Penguins would be undeniably odd and a bummer for many. But, interestingly, the Flyers have gone 7-9-3 against Pittsburgh over the past five seasons and lost to it in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Meanwhile, last regular season, the Flyers went a combined 15-4-3 against the clubs in their reported East grouping. The Flyers were impressively 16-4-4 with a plus-25 goal differential (90-65) in Metropolitan Division competition after going 10-16-2 the year prior.

The 2019-20 regular season feels like forever ago and teams change over an offseason, but those records above hold merit as they show how far the Flyers have come. We’ll have to wait and see (something we’ve gotten used to in these times) on all of the logistics to…

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