First there was the thrilling SO win in Tampa. Then came a win against the Panthers that was nearly blown up in the end. Tonight, the Flyers head to Carolina to hopefully continue kicking their asses like we’ve been doing for the last 10,000 years.
Tonight will be Rod Brind’Amour night. Makes sense, considering the Flyers and ‘Canes are the teams he spent most of his career with and the two clubs whose fanbase he’s beloved by. Sorry, St. Louis.
The ‘Canes will retire his jersey tonight. As much as we love him here, he didn’t do anything historic for us. He did, however help them win a Stanley Cup, so they should be the ones retiring his jersey, not the Orange and Black. It will be a bit emotional for Peter Laviolette, since of course he was the coach back then. Other than that, nobody else on our team has any deep ties to Roddy.
After all that fun stuff, the puck drops and it’s back to business. As usual, we’re facing an inferior opponent that is fighting for a playoff spot. They are sitting pretty in the 8th spot, with 4 teams within 7 points of them. Meanwhile, Vancouver lost last night so we have 2 games in hand and are only 2 points behind them. Come on boys, think: President’s Trophy!
We’ve got three things motivating us for the rest of the season:
1. First place overall – why not have home ice throughout the playoffs?
2. Keep focused – We’re damn good, and we know it. The worst thing that can happen is our ego preventing us from trying as hard as we have all season long. If we get complacent, and stroll into the playoffs, we become beatable. We’ve seen it a few times this season. Let’s not let that happen when it matters most.
3. Divison bragging rights – 2004 is the last time we won this damn thing. Since then, it’s been the Devils 4 times and the Pens once. I’m sick of those bastards. I know this doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but I still want it. We’ve had one of the best divisions over the past 15 years, and to win it is a bit special.
This is our final meeting of the season with Carolina. If they don’t move up or fall off the grid, then we have a chance to face them in the first round. Let’s make sure to put some fear into them. Make them remember how much better, stronger, faster, and more talented we are. Last week, we dominated them, beat up Jeff Skinner, but only scored twice. Sure, it was enough to win, but that kind of game gives an underdog confidence. I want something more along the lines of the 8-1 whooping we handed them back in November.
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