Sitting tentatively in the fourth place position in the Eastern Conference, the Flyers need to string together some wins down the stretch to solidify their spot in the post season. And with the third toughest remaining schedule in the conference, there is no better time to do that than a home-and-home against the New York Rangers on Saturday and Sunday.
Only four points separate the Flyers and the final seed in the playoffs. However, the Flyers have played two games less than any team behind them. But more than fend off the teams biting at their heels, this weekend, the Flyers need to show some consistency and finish off their long home stand with purpose.
The Flyers are 3-2 in their last five games and a dreary 2-2 during the five-game home stretch, which is their longest stay at home all season. If they can not snag a win from the Rangers at home on Saturday, the Flyers are looking at a sub .500% home stand, which is unacceptable considering the tough remaining schedule.
In the second half of the New York home-and-home on Sunday, the Flyers begin a long, tough road trip, featuring games against Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Detroit.
If the Flyers hope to hold on to that four seed, they must turn their play up a notch and keep it there. The orange and black need to get the ball rolling toward the playoffs and there is no better place to start than with two big wins against the beatable Rangers.