Nobody wants to go into the playoffs after a loss.
The Rangers, under John Tortorella are playing with a style that is very conducive to beating the Flyers. Their uptempo play lets them be just as aggressive as John Stevens’ club. Playing their game is key here because giving the Flyers and that roaring crowd any momentum is a bad idea.
Opening night in Philly this season featured a Rangers win where they went up, way up early and relied on perennial Flyer killer Steve Valiquette to hang on for the win. Odds are that Henrik Lundqvist will be in net tomorrow, but if he steps up like he did on Thursday night,and be the X-factor.
Playoff seeding is still up in the air in this one as well as the Blueshirts can potentially end up with the No.7 seed and play Washington in the first round, as opposed to the Bruins who they’d play with the No.8 seed. The Flyers are still fighting to clinch the No.4 seed which would mean home ice in the first round, which means a lot in Philadelphia.
The stage is set for what will be a very interesting season finally. Rangers will want to end the year on a high note, as will the Flyers. When these two teams square off in home-and-homes it always seems like they split but as for a prediction, I will take the Rangers 4-3 in a shootout… Great road win, which will need to be a trend if we want any success in the postseason.
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