These two teams are fierce rivals in the Atlantic Division. They play twice in New York—on Nov. 26 and Dec. 23—before playing in the Winter Classic.
If that is any indication, expect fireworks on the ice.
There isn't much to be said at this point, as their history will say everything. Remember the Flyers squeaking into the playoffs in 2010, thanks to a win over the Rangers on the final day of the regular season?
The Flyers will be a whole new team than what the Rangers saw last season. No Mike Richards, no Jeff Carter and a solid No. 1 goaltender in Ilya Bryzgalov. Of course, the Rangers could be retooled as well, but that has yet to be determined.
You probably won't see HBO 24/7 like we did last year, but of course, that is my opinion.
If I do get my wish, think about how much more work the FCC will have to do when the cameras enter the Rangers locker room—and I am just talking about Rangers head coach John Tortorella.
Tortorella is an extremely outspoken individual and I don't doubt he would throw in an F-bomb here and there. I mean, if you thought Tortorella calling out New York Post columnist Larry Brooks in various media environments was must-see TV, just you wait.
If you don't know what I am talking about, check out the video attached, it is just a taste of the Brooks/Tortorella saga. This was a news conference before Game 2 of the Washington-Rangers playoff series this past year.
Don't let the title of the slide fool you—this is about the rivalry between the Rangers and Flyers, not Tortorella and Brooks.
There you have it. Despite the fact that this game will take place on a Monday afternoon, those are five things in the course of the next few months that will cause you to skip work on January 2 to watch this game.