Last season, whenever the Philadelphia Flyers played the Big Bad New York Rangers it was a source of fear and lots of nervous nail biting for the Flyers and their fan base. The Flyers never beat the Rangers last season and that includes the Winter Classic Game.
That hasn’t quite been the case this season. The Rangers were off to a shaky start this season as well, and the Flyers (11-11-1) are actually above the Rangers (10-8-2) by one point in the rankings. They both aren’t that great, but are slowly trying to climb the rankings to get better. Which means that Tuesday night’s game in New York is going to be a close one.
The Flyers oddly, have not played the Rangers since the beginning of the season at the end of January, and they have only played two games against each other. The Flyers split those games, winning 2-1 on January 24th but then losing 1-2 on January 29th.
The Rangers are really struggling and much like the Flyers, they have suffered through a lot of injuries. Brad Richards was just checked into the boards on the head on Sunday by the Buffalo Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta, so the Rangers may lose him for this game. Richards said he is fine, but we can never be so sure, especially since head coach John Tortorella refused to say what was wrong with Rick Nash.
The Flyers won’t have Harry Zolnierczyk due to his four game suspension, but they should be fine without him if Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds keep coming together on the scoreboard so well.
This game will be more of an even match; I expect it to be a close one again. I just really hope the Flyers win, not only for obvious reasons, but because my boss is a Rangers fan and if the Rangers win, he’ll probably chirp me all day long on Wednesday.