King Henrik

Metropolitan Division Preview: New York Rangers

  Ah, the Philadelphia Flyers’ old rivals from New York. I know the New York Rangers best from the Messier/Richter years. You might know them from their losing to the Flyers on the last day of the 2009-2010 season in a shootout and missing out on the playoffs. The Rangers are in an odd spot. Two years ago, they were in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils. Now, they’re breaking in a new coach and trying to figure out if the Rick Nash trade was worth it. Here’s your look at the 2013-2014 New York Rangers:   …

Ovi the Giant

Metropolitan Division Preview: Washington Capitals

The Philadelphia Flyers would like to formally welcome the Washington Capitals back to the neighborhood. Sure guys, we know it’s got a terrible name. We’re working on it. For those of you unaware, the Capitals and Flyers used to be in the Patrick Division together. From 1979 to 1993, the Flyers and Caps were divisional rivals until the NHL decided to shake things up. In fact, the last version of the Patrick Division was last year’s Atlantic Division, minus the Caps. The Caps come from the former Southeast Division, AKA a complete cakewalk, or easy pickins. They thrived on the …

Poor John Tavares, stuck doing it all by himself on Long Island

Metropolitan Division Preview: New York Islanders

The New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers have a fairly long history together. The animosity isn’t there like it was back in the early 80s, when the Islanders were a dominate team and the Flyers were transitioning from the Bullies to something new. Before this past season, the Flyers had dominated the Isles. However, times have changed and a lot of the Islanders’ young offensive talent is finally making a difference. As they move into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Islanders are a team with a good amount of buzz. They gave the Penguins some fits in their …

Wright Staals

Metropolitan Division Preview: Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia Flyers have a somewhat shared history. Two all-time great Flyers, Rod Brind’Amour and Mark Recchi, won a Stanley Cup with the ‘Canes in 2006. Former Flyer Justin Williams was also on that roster. Their coach? Peter Laviolette. But that’s pretty much it. There’s not a noted record of animosity between these teams. They’ve played sometimes and…yup. That’s about it. So, I guess they’re rivals now or something. Boo ‘Canes?   City Facts They like racing, I believe. It’s close enough to the Wright Brothers that I will go ahead and declare the Hurricanes responsible …

I know that Horton heard a Who but here's Horton as a Who and...I'm sorry.

Metropolitan Division Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the oddest team of the bunch to join the Philadelphia Flyers and the other former Atlantic Division castoffs in the Metropolitan Division. They’ve had a mostly miserable existence in the Western Conference, getting picked on by teams like the Detroit Red Wings (who are in the NEW Atlantic Division — is this confusing enough for you?) and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blue Jackets made a nice push for the playoffs last year, but came up a few points short. Oddly enough, they already have some division ties between a couple of major trades with the …

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