PHILADELPHIA — The halfway point of the Flyers’ season doesn’t come until next Wednesday, yet as the great Yogi Berra would say, “It’s getting late early.”

With a 4-0 victory Saturday over the New York Islanders, the Flyers got themselves temporarily within two points of a playoff spot in an ever-changing race.

With a victory starting the first of a 10-game stretch against Eastern Conference teams, the time to make their move is now.

“I think it’s always in the back of our minds, but the halfway point is still coming up,” said Matt Read, who had three points in the win. “We just have to keep concentrating on whatever game is next on the calendar and show up every 60 minutes and play hockey. If you get too concentrated on that (making the playoffs), you might lose focus on what’s ahead. We’ve just got to keep doing the things that we’re doing that bring success and when it comes.”

For only the second time all season, the Flyers have won three in a row. It follows a stretch of three consecutive regulation losses, which saw them go from two points out to seven by the time their California roadtrip ended.

That’s how tight the NHL is these days.