by Patrick Hoffman on 03/05/11 at 09:42 PM ET
From good friend of the blog Rob Simpson at MSGNetwork.com:
You can look at it as just one loss if you lose the tilt, but if you win it, it’s possibly the most important game of the season.
And it would be a benchmark win for New York, because the Rangers have floundered against the Flyers throughout the season. It started with a flat 4-1 loss back on Nov. 4 on the road. Ditto on Dec. 18 in Philly by the same score. At home, the Blueshirts have lost to the orange-and-black, 3-2, on Jan. 16 and 4-2 on Feb. 20.
The Blueshirts have been outscored 15-6 overall with not much going on in the special-teams department, especially in the last matchup when Philly didn’t take a penalty in the game—something that has only happened three times in the Flyers’ history. For the record, New York is 1-for-11 on the PP against the Flyers and has given up a shorthanded goal to Philadelphia this season. The Flyers are 3-for-15 with the man advantage.
In front of a national TV audience, the Rangers have a chance to make multiple statements. They can put their recent woes behind them, get back to 60 minutes of hard-working hockey and re-affirm their identity, and they can restore an enormous amount of confidence if they beat the best team in the East.
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