One to watch: Flyers vs Rangers Preview

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Tonight’s game at the Garden between the Flyers and the Rangers is a story of two teams that have rebounded from adversity to sit a point apart from a playoff place. It will be the first time the Flyers have been to the Garden this season.

Both teams have seven wins in there last ten (Philadelphia 7-3-0; New York 7-2-1) and will be looking to push on.

The Flyers have won 5 out of their past 6 road games but tend to struggle at the Garden. Nevertheless, the Flyers won the first meeting this season in a heated affair, beating the Rangers 2-1 Philly behind a stellar 30-save performance from Steve Mason.

With his two assists on Saturday, Claude Giroux now has 21 points in his past 15 games. He will need to fire up the Flyers for arguably their most important game of the season so far.

The Rangers powerplay is red hot at 6th in the NHL after a slow start. The Flyers on the other hand have killed off 22 consecutive penalties over the last seven games.

In a high stakes game The Flyers could move back into second place with a win of any kind against New York if the Capitals loss against Buffalo or if the Flyers take the game to OT

The Rangers could to rise from fourth to second and back into a playoff space.

Simmonds has recorded at least one point in 10 of his last 12 games and looked back to his best on the PP. He certainly was not happy with the Flyers defensive display against Tampa last night.

“I think we played like garbage defensively,” Simmonds said. “I thought we had all the chances in the world offensively, we were clicking. We just have to get that defensive game back tight. We have to get it tight going again.”

I am betting on a low scoring tight checking game tonight which could swing the momentum of the Metropolitan division. OT anyone?

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HockeyBuzz.com – Bill Meltzer – Meltzer’s Musings: Are Flyers Finally Turning a Corner in D Development?

HockeyBuzz.com – Bill Meltzer – Meltzer’s Musings: Are Flyers Finally Turning a Corner in D Development?

Great article by Bill Melzer, one of the best sports writers about Philly sports.

Whether the Flyers can bring through their defensive players as well as their forwards will be interesting to watch.

Flyers fans will be happy that they have not traded their draft picks and can start the process of rebuilding that prospect pool.

Flyers sign Mark Streit for 4 Years 5.25/YR

4 years is a long contract but the Flyers needed a PMD so welcome to Philly Mark.

Maybe a bit of an over payment, but this has allowed the Flyers to keep their young forwards in place without loosing one to trade.

Only time will tell if this move proves to be a good one or not?

Thanks to the youtube publisher Fledrate.

BIO:
http://islanders.nhl.com/club/player.htm?

id=8468309
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 191
Shoots: Left
Born: Dec 11, 1977 (Age 35)
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Acquired: Signed by NYI as free agent 7/1/08
Drafted: MTL / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 9th (262nd overall)