Memories of the National Hockey League's Winter Classic in Philadelphia are two years removed. So, the remaining members of that Philadelphia Flyers club are surely looking forward as they prepare to face the New York Rangers on Sunday. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. EST in New York on the NBC Sports Network.
The Flyers won ten home games in a row before dropping Saturday's contest to the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3. The total team defensive effort, that Craig Berube implemented since taking over the orange and blue reigns early in the season, was nowhere to be found against a feisty Lightning squad that is currently battling the Boston Bruins for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Meanwhile, there isn't much point space to be found among a majority of teams in the Metropolitan Division. The Pittsburgh Penguins are maintaining a sizable first-place lead. However, New York is in the midst of a neck-and-neck battle with numerous divisional squads, including the Flyers.
Rangers center Brad Richards will square off once again against former teammate Vincent Lecavalier. Two of this era's top terrific forwards played together for six-plus seasons in Tampa, including their 2003-04 Stanley Cup Championship season.
As all Flyers' fans remember, that banner Lightning year included a dynamic seven-game victory over Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference Finals.