It's hard to believe, but the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers are meeting in the playoffs for the first time since 1997, when the Flyers beat the Rangers in five games to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
The Rangers and Flyers have been on a collision course for a first-round matchup for quite some time: The Rangers and Flyers have been in second and third, in the Metropolitan Division since March 21, with the Rangers overtaking the Flyers for second place for good on March 24.
One of the key facets of this series will be five-on-five play: The Rangers were plus-nine at five-on-five, while the Flyers were minus-six. The Flyers supplemented that offense with a deadly power play that finished eighth (19.7) in the league, while the Rangers were 15th (18.2) with the extra man.
Both the Rangers (third, 85.3) and Flyers (seventh, 84.8) were excellent penalty-killing teams.
What other matchups are worth watching? This slideshow will look at every aspect of this series and offers the complete TV schedule for the series.
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