Last season, the New York Rangers completed the six-game series sweep of their rivals to the south, the Philadelphia Flyers, for the first time in 40 years. While Philadelphia had their issues handling New York all season long, the Blueshirts rose to the top of the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, defeating their rivals to accomplish both feats.
What's to come during the 2012-13 season? Much of the same.
The Flyers have struck out on most of the deals they've tried all offseason, from entering into the Zach Parise sweepstakes to having Nashville match Philadelphia's offer sheet to restricted free agent Shea Weber. GM Paul Holmgren has seen a significant portion of his current defense corps go down with injuries, even after solidifying the back line by trading for Luke Schenn, Braden Schenn's brother.
Up I-95, the Rangers traded for sniper Rick Nash and replaced Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko and John Mitchell with Talyor Pyatt, Jeff Halpern and Arron Asham. New York solidified depth in their lineup and fortified their top six with a legitimate, 30-goal threat.
There isn't much to suggest that Philadelphia will be able to figure out New York next season. Here are the reasons why.