The big question, at least to me, is which Rangers show up? I suspect they’re going to carry over their third-period momentum and come out with a very strong effort. I know they’ve been bad against the Flyers this season with twin 4-1 losses but I think the Rangers will play with a bit of a chip on their shoulder after punting last night’s game to the Canadiens through an inability to forecheck or possess the puck for about 30 minutes.
Or the Flyers could outhit, outskate a tired a team and put another 4-1 win on the board.
…I would be shocked – SHOCKED – if the Rangers didn’t come out like a house on fire in their home barn against an archrival. I watched the entire Rangers game last night, cheering for the Canadiens of course, but couldn’t help but be impressed with the dominant onslaught the Blueshirts sustained for the final ten minutes or so of the contest. Montreal hung on for dear life, but the Rangers were better in crunch time. If they play that way tonight, the Flyers are certainly going to have their hands full, but the issue of a back-to-back could work in the Flyers’ favor as the game wears on. Hit ’em hard and wear ’em down.