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Gameday VS. New York Rangers: Homestanding Flyers Face Critical Contest

In a battle of two struggling teams coming off of extended layoffs, this critical game will decide plenty. Will an offensively challenged Flyers team recover against their huge rivals from New York City?

Game Preview:Isles Take on the Phoenix Coyotes at The Coliseum

After collecting 3 out of a possible 4 points in the first two games of the year, the New York Islanders look to keep the good times rolling with a matchup against a team that many believe can surprise a lot of people this season, the Phoenix Coyotes.

Garth Snow and the Isles on the Brink of Greatness

As the Garth Snow front office era embarks on its eighth season heading the New York Islanders, many believe that the rebuilding period is over and the Isles time is now. The last seven years have been tough for Long Island’s team as about the only thing that seemed to be consistent was finishing last in the division and having the lowest payroll in the NHL. Both of these things took a turn for the better last season as Islanders made the playoffs and finished 28th out of 30 teams in payroll.(flickr/IslesPunkFan)

2013 Playoffs Round 2 Preview Part 2

With Pittsburgh beating Ottawa 4 - 1 and Los Angeles beating San Jose 2 - 0 last night, The Checking Line: Isles Edition will take a look into the other two semifinal series. (Photo Credit: Torch Creative)

Have the Islanders Surpassed Their Big Brother?

Are the Islanders finally better than the Rangers? It has taken years to ask that question and not be mocked for sheer insanity or stupidity. With the resurgence of the Isles’ play and unexpected rise up the Eastern Conference standings, fans of the Islanders would answer with a resounding yes.

Supporters of the contrary would argue the results of the 2013 season series between the heated rivals. The Rangers bested the Islanders 3 out of 4 times. Aside from the first meeting of February 7th, where the lifeless Isles were drubbed 4-1 at MSG, each game has been close.

The games were so close that, in reality each contest could have went to either side. Who could forget Saturday’s epic battle that saw the Isles fall in overtime? Fans of the orange and blue wanted to blame the referees but after the loss settled, it became evident that they just had a better goaltender. Henrik Lundqvist, when on, is the best goalie in the NHL.

Mason Steals Show in Philly; Shuts Down Rangers

It's not often the Flyers play against Henrik Lundqvist and say that the goaltending was the difference-maker in a victory over New York.

Steve Mason was lights-out despite his team's poor offensive showing. His effort enabled the Flyers to steal a 4-2 win from the Rangers despite being out-played for much of the game.

Mason faced 40 shots, stopping 38 in the win. The Flyers got only 22 on net the entire game, leaving Mason to do all the work and steal a much-needed win from the Rangers.

(Pictured: Steve Mason during warmups. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line - Flyers Edition)

Rangers Come to Town For Final 2013 Meeting

The Flyers routed the Canadiens on Monday, 7-3. Now they host the Rangers on the next day following a long flight from Montreal. Will they ride off the huge win or will they be too exhausted after a big win?

Flyers Start Important Five-Game Homestand With Rangers

The Flyers are stuck somewhere between last place and a playoff spot. The next five games, all home, will be the final telling on whether or not this is a playoff team, or a team destined to draft high.

Nash, Callahan too much for Flyers

Despite a strong first period, Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash proved to be too much as the Rangers downed the Flyers 4-2 on Tuesday night.

With the game tied at two early in the second period, Nash wristed a scorching shot that beat goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on the blocker side to give the Rangers a 3-2 edge.

Nash added another goal about eight minutes later as he got behind the Flyers defense and scored to put the game out of reach.