#4 Philadelphia Flyers (44-26-11, 99 pts) at #7 New York Rangers (42-30-9, 93 pts)
Wachovia Center - 5:00 PM EDT - Philadelphia, PA
TV: Comcast Network (Ch 8 or Ch 201 in HD)
Radio: 610 WIP, XM 207
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Behind Enemy Lines: Blueshirt Banter
One friggin point. That's all it's going to take today against the Rangers for the Flyers to open the playoffs at home this week. Considering the Flyers record at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh all-time, you can understand why it's important they win today.
Dating back to last season, including playoffs, the Flyers have won one game in Pittsburgh. ONE. That's it. Home ice edge will be a necessity and may determine who wins this upcoming series. So if the Flyers don't have jump today, there's no reason to think they'll have any jump come playoff time. In a very real way, the postseason has already begun.
As already mentioned in a previous post, Ryan Parent will not be in the lineup today. He's out with a lower body injury. Jamie Fritsch, who's never played an NHL game before, replaces him in the lineup.
Expect the Flyers to have an extra jump today. They had it for most of the game on Thursday against the Rangers but were stopped dead in their tracks by Henrik Lundqvist. It's hard to beat a goalie when he plays like that, but as Lundqvist goes, the Rangers go. They probably rely on their goaltender more than any other team in the league, so if he falters, the Flyers should have a good day. Even if he doesn't, though, the Flyers can beat him. It'll just take a solid, complete effort.
Martin Biron is in again for the Flyers today. A string of solid games to close out the season here would be a big confidence booster going into the playoffs.
Get it done, Flyers. Win.