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Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1: Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers

By virtue of finishing third place in the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers have drawn the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers and Rangers split their season series, with both teams winning twice on home ice.

Flyers Defense Having a Better Season Than Expected

Coming into this season, hopes were not high for the defensemen on the Flyers roster.

Between Kimmo Timonen aging, Andrej Meszaros struggling, and the seemingly odd Mark Streit signing, fans had a lot of questions and concerns.

Fast forward to April and no one has been questioning the defense of this Flyers team. Timonen no longer looks his age, Meszaros was sent to Boston, and Streit has been able to play a lot of minutes.

(Photo: N0. 8 Nicklas Grossmann battles in the front of goalie Ray Emery with St. Louis' Alexander Steen on Tuesday. Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Drop Two Straight In Ugly Fashion

The Flyers experienced a weekend to forget.

On Saturday, they dropped 6-3 to a hot Tampa Bay team. On Sunday, they put forth an ugly showing against the rival Rangers, losing 4-1 at Madison Square Garden.

Midseason Report Card

John Russo and Jordan Kuhns made their picks for midseason report card awards. On some categories they agreed rather civilly. But on others, the disagreement couldn't have been any more clear.

That is why they had to put their differences aside and work together to bring to you some of the Flyers' studs, duds, and surprises among other things through the first 41 games of the 2013-14 season.

At 20-17-4, and second place in the Metro Division with 44 points, there were certainly a lot to choose from.

(Photo: Steve Mason has been the Flyers best player in the first half. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers End 2013 With Dominant Win In Calgary

The Philadelphia Flyers couldn't have ended the 2013 portion of their season any better.

The Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-1, and head into 2014 winners of four straight and six of their last seven. At 20-16-4, they sit one point behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metro with both teams having played 40 games.

Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers, stopping 23 shots for the win. He didn't need to be overly impressive as the Flames didn't provide much pressure, but he came up with key saves late in the game to preserve the lead the Flyers built.

Mason Steals Two Points In Vancouver

The Flyers allowed a season-high 44 shots, all while taking just 27.

With numbers like that, it's hard to fathom them being able to steal one point, let alone two. Steve Mason did just that.

Mason stopped a season-high 41 shots and the Flyers came back to force overtime before winning in a shootout, 4-3, in Vancouver. It's their fifth win in the last six games, and they now sit three points behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metro.

(Photo: Steve Mason makes a save on David Booth. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers' Substandard Defense Continues to Disappoint

The Flyers' defense is pretty bad.

Make no mistake, every team wants a burgeoning young defenseman that can do it all with flash and consistency. Every team's wish list includes a so-called "puck-moving defenseman."

A guy like Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan McDonagh, Oliver Ekman-Larsson...the list goes on, and on, and on...

Flyers Drop Chaotic Affair in Ottawa

A zany, topsy-turvy game that featured four regulation lead changes occurred at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday evening. One team knew they would be heartbroken from its result.

It ended up being the Flyers, as the Senators defeated them 5-4 in the shootout.

Jason Spezza's sensational triple deke move in the shootout was not only the Senators' first shootout goal of the season, but the game winner as well.

Flyers Lose Third Straight After Loss to Hurricanes

Two critical mistakes in the defensive zone allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night by a score of 2-1.

This loss marks the third in a row, and the second in as many nights for the beleaguered Flyers, who continue to search for win number one, and more than one goal in a game, on the early season.

2013 Flyers Preview: Defensemen

The Philadelphia Flyers will have quite the balance of experience and youth on their blue line this season.

With players ranging from 23 years-old all the way to 38, the mix of veteran prowess and future promise hopes to be the perfect combination for a turnaround season.

One of the more controversial contracts this year is that of 38-year-old Kimmo Timonen.

Timonen’s one-year, $6 million deal can easily be considered a mistake when given to someone his age, but what Timonen brings to the table every season is irreplaceable. While his game may not be the same as it was three years ago, he can still be argued as the best defenseman in Philadelphia.

(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (front) is the unquestioned leader of the unit whereas Luke Schenn (back) is the future. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)