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That’s what the Flyers will be doing if they don’t win this afternoon. This game has everything a hockey fan could want. A game between two arch rivals for a shot at the Stanley Cup. If the Flyers win, they’ll be in 7th place and play either Buffalo or New Jersey. If the Rangers win, they will take 8th place and the Flyers will have 9th place; early golf season.
The Wachovia Center is sure to be rocking today for the 3 PM face-off. The playoff atmosphere will be imminent in this situation, cause I’m sure the Block Party is going full force right now as the Phaithful prepare to help cheer their Flyguys into a first round playoff berth. They’re going to need to score early and often to put away a Rangers team who, like the Flyers, has had trouble playing from behind. There’s going to be some desperate hockey played this afternoon…
The Flyers will be giving out their team awards prior to today’s game. Pronger will receive both the Bobby Clarke and Barry Ashbee award (MVP and Best Defenseman). Matt Carle will get the Pelle Lindbergh award (Most Improved), with the Yanick Dupre award (Best Character and Dignity, on and off the ice) and the Gene Hart award (Most Heart) both going to Ian Laperriere… a worthy candidate to say the least. The Toyota Cup is going to go to Richie since he has the most points with all of his appearances in the Three Stars of the game this year.
These awards don’t mean anything today. A win does. Pronger is probably in the locker room right now getting everyone ready. We need a veteran like that to make plays today and lead this team. Richie needs to be the team leader he always is and play his heart out. He needs to lead by example. Bring the physical game to this New York team, crash Lundqvist’s crease as much as possible, collapse around Boucher, score some goals. Do those things and I’m hard fought to see this team not making the playoffs.
And oh yeah, I want to be able to write a playoff preview on here this week, not have to shut down the blog until post-season happenings like FA signings, trades, and the draft. Crossing my fingers today.