There's no need to panic, just breathe... breathe. That's what the Philadelphia Flyers need to do tonight as they face-off against the New York Rangers.
Okay, so here's how the picture looks tonight-The Flyers are on a three game winning streak sitting in the seventh play-off spot and are two points behind the Rangers who are in sixth. The Rangers have won three of their last five games since ending their brilliant 13 game unbeaten streak.
Neither team can honestly say they aren't concerned about not making it to the big dance, as the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, Buffalo Sabres and even the Toronto Maple Leafs are hanging around long enough to peep into the play-off hole. So obviously, the pressure is on tonight.
The Rangers will be without the talented, team leading scorer, Scott Gomez as he injured his ribs on Saturday during their 4-3 shootout loss at the Wachovia Center, The Flyers home ice.
Now let's look at the Flyer's clinic of injuries.
1. Simon Gagne, talk about losing a leader, yet somehow the Flyers keep finding ways to score. Mild concussion has left him out indefinitely since February 10th
2. Derian Hatcher, love him or hate him, he still wont be playing anytime soon. Right tibia fracture, out indefinitely.
3. Randy Jones, not quite an impact player by any standards, but still a valuable asset to any club. Hip flexor injury, listed as day-to-day.
4. R.J. Umberger, such a huge loss, especially after getting Mike Richards back to the line-up. MCL sprain to the left knee, out for two weeks.
These are all huge blows to the Flyers. It is true that all clubs have dealt with a lot of injuries and is never a true excuse for losing games, but injuries always has an impact on lines and morale.
A Flyers-Rangers match-up always makes great television, but for the fans of either team, it is almost too much to watch sometimes. This will be a big game to watch along with the other huge match-ups in either conference.