NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers Get Visit From New York Rangers

By Deanna Vasso
Philadelphia Flyers host New York Rangers
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On Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center; it will be a crucial game for both teams.

The rivalry between these two teams was very heated last season, especially since the Flyers could never beat the Rangers. Due to the lockout, both teams have struggled which has caused their rivalry to simmer.

The Rangers are currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and they want to hold onto that position. Winning Tuesday night’s game will be crucial to them in doing so. As for the Flyers, they are going to be looking for another win so they can gain more points and eventually usurp the Rangers’ position.

Looking at the last three games that the two teams have played against each other, the Rangers look more likely to come out the victor. We also have to take into consideration that the Flyers have only bested the Rangers once this season. In the other two games they have played, the Rangers came out strong by defeating the Flyers.

In the most recent game between the two, the Flyers were defeated in a 4-2 decision. So, will the Flyers be able to make up for their previous loss on Tuesday night?

In terms of the sheer numbers, the Flyers might be in trouble. They are really going to need to depend on Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux‘s goal-scoring abilities to strengthen the offense. They will also face a huge challenge in this game as they try to best the Rangers All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

The Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will also need to be alert in this game. He will have to really count on the Flyers defense to help him out, as the defense is really weak this season. He will also need to be on the lookout for the Rangers’ leading goal scorers Rick Nash and Marian Gaborik, who will be in the Flyers’ zone as much as possible.

This game is sure to be a battle, so here’s to hoping that the Flyers actually put up a fight this time.

Let’s go Flyers! Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for rantsports.com. You can follow her on Twitter @Dmvasso.

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