If the Flyers were not going to their hated rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the first round, a matchup with the Rangers is the next-best thing. The Flyers and Rangers have one of the more heated rivalries in the sport and they have for years.
This team is no exception.
The Flyers fans love to hate Rangers tough guy Dan Carcillo. The skillful play of Brad Richards and Rick Nash adds to the hatred as they possess the ability to take over a game by themselves. Add in the stingy New York defense and their all-world goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, and you have a team that is a tough matchup.
It’s not a one-way street however. The Flyers can hold their own.
There are very few teams in the NHL that can match the depth of the Flyers forward corps. Philadelphia features seven 20-goal scorers including Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds, two players Rangers fans hate because of their skill combined with their physicality and grit. The Flyers defense was shaky at the beginning of the year but since the resurgence of Kimmo Timonen following the Olympics and the acquisition of Andrew MacDonald, things seem to have calmed down.
While all of that is well and good, there are still some things that should worry Flyers fans.