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Gameday: Avery still sucks, Flyers try to keep Rangers out of playoffs

#4 Philadelphia Flyers (36-20-10, 97 pts) at #8 New York Rangers (41-30-9, 91 pts)
Madison Square Garden - 7:00 PM EST - New York, NY
Radio: 610 WIP, XM 205
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The Flyers have clinched a playoff spot. The New York Rangers have not, but with a win tonight over Philadelphia, they can punch their ticket.

The Rangers have two games left their schedule, both against the Flyers. They control their own destiny right now and can clinch with two points in these final two games. But the Flyers control a bit of that destiny as well, and with two solid games, they can keep New York out of the postseason. Oh, how sweet that would be.

So don't assume that the Flyers have nothing to play for tonight. In addition to playing their hated rivals, they are also fighting for home ice. With wins in the three remaining games, Philadelphia will clinch home ice advantage in the first round.

In the last time these teams met, the Flyers gave in to Sean Avery's crap. Don't expect that tonight. Daniel Carcillo will be on a line with Danny Briere and Claude Giroux, and he says he'll be there to make sure nothing happens.

"He barely looked at me last time," Carcillo said of Avery. "I don't think he'll act up much when I'm on the ice. He hasn't, anyway. I don't see anything happening in these next two games. If he wants to, I'm here."

Things could get heated over these two games. Personally, I hope it does.

Ryan Parent won't be in the lineup tonight as a precaution, but he'll probably be back against the Islanders on Saturday. Taking his place is David Sloane, a defenseman making his NHL debut tonight with the Flyers. He signed an amateur tryout contract with the Phantoms a few weeks ago but hasn't cracked the lineup. Most recently, he played with Colgate University in the ECAC.

Between the Pipes: Biron for the Flyers, Lundqvist for the Rangers. Assumed, at this point.

Let's welcome the Florida fans who are Flyers fans tonight. Go Flyers.

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