FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:
Goalies: We pretty much know what to expect of Henrik Lundqvist, who has handled the Flyers in his career. We don’t know what to expect of Ray Emery, who will start in place of Steve Mason (probable concussion).
Goons vs. Smurfs: OK, this isn’t the Broad Street Bullies or Herb Brooks’/Ted Sator’s Smurfs. But the Flyers are certainly more rugged than the speedy Rangers, and things might get nasty. It will be interesting to see how the Rangers react.
Home ice: The Rangers were mediocre at the transformed Garden, winning 20 of 41 games this season. But for whatever reason, they have had the Flyers’ number. Philadelphia has lost eight in a row at MSG. The Rangers also led the NHL with 25 road wins.
Power play: If the Flyers step over the line, the Rangers’ best deterrent would be a potent power play. Problem is, since January the Rangers’ power play, which was in the top third of the NHL to that point, has dropped off dramatically.
Game 7s: Three of the Rangers’ last five playoff series in the last two seasons have gone to Game 7s, and the Rangers won them all, including a shutout win in Washington last spring. In fact, the Rangers have never lost a Game 7 at the Garden.
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