The New York Rangers are in a surprising predicament: they are the current leaders of the Eastern Conference with 91 points in 67 games played.
A string of recent losses has been disappointing for the club, but with a seven-game home stretch on the horizon, the Rangers have a chance to drastically improve their play.
The Philadelphia Flyers, while battling injuries and shaky goaltending, have remained a threat in the East. The Flyers are currently seventh in the NHL with 83 points, fifth in the Eastern Conference.
Ilya Bryzgalov has struggled all season to find his comfort zone in Philadelphia, but that day may finally have arrived, as he has posted two impressive shutouts against the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers in his last three starts.
For once, Flyers fans are even chanting Bryzgalov's name in cheer instead of jest.
Both teams regularly battle for advancement in the postseason, but the Rangers may have their best chance in nearly 20 years with their current roster.
The Flyers are still trying to return to the Finals after their last appearance in 2010 against the Chicago Blackhawks. They were defeated in the series 4-2, and as always, goaltending was an issue.
Bryzgalov may have won a Stanley Cup championship with the Anaheim Ducks, but he wants to earn one as a starter with the Flyers.
Henrik Lundqvist, playing arguably the best of his career, is looking for his first taste of a Championship.
Who will go farther, the Flyers or Rangers? Let's take a look at multiple aspects of each team and compare.
Note: All statistics are current as of Mar. 10, 2012.