Mar 1, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (16) and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann (8) battle for position in front of goalie Steve Mason (35) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

It's Playoff Time

Well Philadelphia Flyer fans, this week is the start of the playoffs. The Philadelphia Flyers will be taking on the New York Rangers this Thursday at 7 pm at Madison Square Garden. Some fans will argue that they would have preferred the Flyers to play against the Pittsburg Penguins, while others are happy with the matchup.

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers played each other 4 times during the season with the home team winning every time. Thus, the series was 2-2. Home ice advantage is going to play a huge part in this series. The Flyers have not won at Madison Square Garden since 2011. What is even more interesting about this match up, is that the two teams have not met in the post season since 1997. On a more hopeful note, the Flyers have beaten the Rangers the past 3 times the two teams have faced off against each other during the playoffs.

The series is going to be intense, but the Flyers need to do something they have not done in a while and that is getting a win at Madison Square Garden. We all got a scare when Andrew Macdonald  collided with Steve Mason as the result of a push from Penguins Forward Jayson Megna. However, it appears Mason is good to go and Coach Craig Berube expects Mason to be in net in Game 1 of the series. The Flyers are poised to win. Offensively, they have had 7 players who have scored 20 plus goals, and Mason’s goaltending is set to lead them, to victory. However, their defense will have to show up if they have any chance of winning especially since the Rangers carry a better defense then the Flyers. My prediction is the Flyers win Game 7 at Madison. Square Garden.

 

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