The postseason is in full swing, with the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs starting tonight. Teams around the NHL are preparing to make a run to win the ultimate prize, Lord Stanley’s Trophy. The Rangers will open the series in New York against their Broad-Street bully rivals in the first round of playoffs.
The Rangers and Flyers haven’t crossed each other’s paths in the playoffs since 1997. The series, which took place nearly 20 years ago, ended up with Philadelphia advancing to the Stanley Cup finals. The Detroit Red Wings later swept the Flyers, winning the championship.
Philadelphia coach Craig Berube knows what’s coming.
“They’ve got a lot of speed. They play a fast game. They’re an attack team now. They have three or four balanced lines that can score and they play a fast game with an aggressive defense. It’s always a quick game out there with them,” he said.
Out of the four meetings the Rangers have had with the Flyers this season, their series is tied 2-2.
When the Rangers meet with the Flyers on Garden ice tomorrow, some will describe the matchup as a “war” between these two rival teams. Certainly both teams play very physical hockey. Both coming back from injuries sustained a few weeks ago, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Flyers goalie Steve Mason. McDonagh, who sustained a shoulder injury from a hard hit against the Vancouver Canucks, will be present for Game 1. Since the hit, McDonagh says he’s feeling better and ready to go for the first round.
Flyers goalie Mason sustained an upper-body injury against a game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins a few days ago. Penguins forward Jayson Megna collided with Mason in the second period. Mason did not return for the third period, when backup Ray Emery took his place in the net.
The bitter rivalry between these two teams are going to make an incredible matchup for the first round of playoffs.
The schedule is as follows:
Game 1: 17. April. 2014 @ 7pm in New York
Game 2: 20. April. 2014 @ 12 pm in New York
Game 3: 22. April. 2014 @ 8 pm in Philadelphia
Game 4: 25. April. 2014 @ 7 pm in Philadelphia
Game 5: 27. April. 2014 in New York
Game 6: 29. April. 2014 in Philadelphia
Game 7: 30. April. 2014 in New York