In four regular-season games this season, the home team won each time. The Flyers have won three in a row against the Rangers at Wells Fargo Center, and the Rangers have won seven in a row against the Flyers at Madison Square Garden.
“Home-ice advantage is always better. MSG will be rocking,” Rangers forward Rick Nash said. “It’s a huge rivalry. It’s going to be a fun one to play in. You play in the regular-season games [against Philadelphia] and they’re that much more intense than the regular ones. So the playoffs are going to be much more exciting.” The Rangers were the better road team this season, with their 25 wins on opposing ice the most of any team in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia won 18 times on the road but their 110 goals away from home was one fewer than the Rangers, and the Flyers had the League’s best road power play.
The Rangers scored four goals in two games in Philadelphia and the Flyers totaled six, including four on 31 shots against Henrik Lundqvist on March 1.
In the games in New York, the momentum shifted completely to the Rangers. In two games in New York, Philadelphia scored two goals, and their power play combined to go 1-for-5. New York had seven goals; three on 29 shots against Steve Mason on March 26, and four on 35 shots against backup Ray Emery on Jan. 12.
The Flyers have won the previous three times they’ve faced the Rangers in the postseason, but to win this year would require them to win at least once in New York, something they haven’t done since Feb. 20, 2011.
“We are due in Madison Square Garden,” Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said. “I don’t think we won there in three years. Since I’ve been here, we haven’t won there.
“It’s a tough building to play in … we are due to win some game there. You hope this is right timing.”