Some people refer to it as “The Turnpike Rivalry.”
Imagine the state of New Jersey and the geographic fanbases of the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils as a venn diagram. North Jersey is predominantly Devils (and Rangers) fans. South Jersey, where Philadelphia has its practice facility, is Flyers country. Central NJ is where the two circles intersect, setting the scene for regional bragging rights year after year.
As recent as the second game of the 2013 season, the Devils and Flyers have demonstrated that they do not like each other. In a 3-0 Devils win, the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds cross-checked Martin Brodeur, and predictable chaos ensued.
It is a classic division rivalry with familiarity, close proximity and a chippy edge to boot. The two teams have met in the playoffs five times. In all but one of those series, the lower seed went on to advance.
The next page in the rivalry is written Friday night when the Flyers ride up I-95 to Newark. Philadelphia can get back to .500 with a win. The Devils will look to make it six straight wins against the Flyers, including the playoffs.
Let’s break down the history of the rivalry as we prepare for Friday night.