Mar 22, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) look on during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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As the season winds down, every point becomes more crucial for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tuesday night, they will faceoff against the St. Louis Blues, who are the second best team, points wise, in the National Hockey League.

Back on Mar. 22, the Flyers dispatched the Blues on a Saturday afternoon by a score of 4-1. It was one of the Flyers’ best games of the season and they will need to repeat it if they want to sweep the Blues and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Ray Emery will start for the Flyers. He is 8-10-1 with a 2.96 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. Emery has played well in his last two starts against the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. Despite his most recent start being a loss, Emery has shown he is a capable backup and can be called upon to goaltend when needed.

He will be opposed by Ryan Miller, who is 24-25-4 with a 2.59 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Since joining the Blues, Miller is 9-3-1 with a 2.18 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.

The Flyers come into Tuesday night’s game two points out of the second place spot in the Metropolitan Division. The New York Rangers hold that spot with 88 points. St. Louis has a comfortable lead in the Central Division with a seven-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche.

Both teams have identical records in their last ten games, each going 6-3-1. Each team is also coming off a loss in their most recent game and will be hungry to get back on the winning track Tuesday night.

The Blues, like the Flyers, are a tough team to beat at home. Through 36 home games, the Blues are 26-6-4.

Scoring the first goal will be huge Tuesday night. The Flyers can take the crowd out of it with a quick goal, but if the Blues score first, they can get the crowd onto their side and ride momentum.

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