5 Crucial X-Factors for Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers

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5 Crucial X-Factors for Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers
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The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers haven't met in the playoffs in 17 years, but the bitter rivals will face one another in one of the most highly anticipated first-round showdowns of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 45-31-6 Rangers only finished two points ahead of the 42-30-10 Flyers, but, in doing so, will enjoy home-ice advantage when the best-of-seven series begins Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Philadelphia is 27-20 all-time against New York in the postseason but has won just four of its last 11 regular-season get-togethers with the Blue Shirts, after the two sides split their four meetings this year.

It's a series that could go either way but will likely need every bit of seven games to get there.

Here's a look at five crucial X-factors for the Flyers heading into their opening-round matchup.

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