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By Lesley Van Arsdall

Its now the unofficial half way point of the hockey season and for the Flyers, the All -Star break couldn’t come at a better time.

After the seven-day break it’s all focusing on the playoffs.

It time to get serious, no more ‘it’s early’ Talk.

Hopefully, with some rest we will soon see Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk (both out with concussions) back on the ice.

Also, Ilya Brizgalov has time to get his groove back. He said he’s using the All-Star break to work on his game, not relax on vacation.

With the February 27th trade deadline looming it gives the team time to asses what they need (DEFENSE!? Kimmo Timonen can’t do it alone)

The Flyers are in good shape, just three points behind the Rangers in the Eastern Conference. Last year, they had the league’s best record going into the break, but GM Paul Homlgren says he feels the same now as he did last year and the year before that.

“If you get into the playoffs anything can happen. That’s where we are now, just trying to get in the playoffs.”

The first game back for the flyers will be the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night.

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