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Flyers loss hurts them in the race for home ice in the first round

Mar 31, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

Scott Hartnell, Zbynek Michalek AP

The Flyers are in the hunt for the fourth seed in the East and earning home ice advantage for the first round. Problem there, however, is the team in front of them are the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Even worse for Philly is their comeback from a 3-0 hole to Ottawa today fell short losing in a shootout. The Flyers are three points back of Pittsburgh and that suddenly makes tomorrow’s game a big one for Philly.

NHL.com’s Jeremy Roenick, who knows a thing or two about this rivalry having been a Flyer, says that getting home ice for this likely first round match-up will make all the difference.

“That’s why you saw Philly care so much in Toronto on Thursday,” Roenick said, referring to the Flyers 7-1 pounding of the Maple Leafs. “I believe they are focused that Pittsburgh is going to be their first-round matchup and their main goal is to get home-ice advantage. I think they feel they can beat them in their own building, which they showed last game coming back from two goals down (to win 3-2 in overtime). 

“If you’re going to play a team like Pittsburgh in the first round, home-ice advantage becomes so critical. That might be the Flyers mentality right now.”

If that’s their mentality, they’d better pull off a win tomorrow, or else they’ll be spending the majority of the first round on the wrong side of the state.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Lets go pens

  2. phillyphever - Mar 31, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    IDK, as much as I want home ice, there’s not much downside starting in Pittsburgh. I’ll leave that stat out for now until tomorrow to prevent any curse I may bring on them.

  3. phillyphever - Mar 31, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Of course, there’s a major reason to be 5th rather than 4th: NJ should beat the 3rd seed (Florida or Washington), meaning if Boston and NY win their series, the 5th seed plays Boston rather than NY. I take he chance playing Boston than playing the Rangers (a team that has owned the Flyers this year).

    • bigkniht37 - Mar 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      fairly certain the bruins have owned the flyers this year as well…3 losses in 4 games against the bruins isnt exactly confidence inspiring

      • phillyphever - Mar 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

        Still a lot better than not beating the Rangers at all this season (0-5).

    • bmscalise - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      You Philly folks aren’t real slick, are you? Provided that NYR, Bos, and NJ win, the scenario you assume, the winner of the 4-5 match-up would play Boston regardless of whether the 4 or 5 seed won. Because either the 4 or 5 seed disappears after round one, the difference between a 4 or 5 seed never impacts who you will play in later rounds. For just the 4/5 seeds, the only significance of one over the other is starting at home.

  4. jagrbomb18 - Mar 31, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Flyers are better away from home…home ice doesn’t matter for any team in the first round in my own opinion

  5. crazemastercraze - Mar 31, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Nelson Munds says: “AH-HA”!

  6. jagrbomb18 - Mar 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Didn’t Montreal have our number one year and the flyers beat them 4-1 in the playoffs? Regular season means nothing come playoff time

  7. GenoPringles - Mar 31, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    It’s so obvious that filthy is trying to lose on purpose so they don’t have to face the dynasty in the making Pittsburgh Penguins. Fear the Soupcan Filthy!! The Franchise is coming

  8. GenoPringles - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Also Roenick drinks pee. Matthew Barnaby should beat him up and steal his job. Soupcan 3:15

  9. muir6 - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Positive spin they haven t been eliminated yet, loser town

  10. andyreidisfat - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    If I was a rangers fan I’d be much more worried about the first round than who they might play if they win that round.

    In fact I think both the rangers and devils lose in the first round. As far as Philly vs Pitt who knows. Two most talented teams in the east both have great goal tending and they always have great playoff series. I’d like to think flyers in 6 but it could go either way and will probably hurt the winner going into the next round

  11. num1eaglesfanyo - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    GenoPringles you say the same thing every post! Get a life and stop being so gay you talk about mens dongs maybe you should bend over looser

  12. muir6 - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    As far as Philly pens who knows? U been watching everyone knows flyers going golfing come may

  13. nyrangersfan - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    There’s no way the Rangers will be eliminated after the first round they’re too good of a team. As for philthy and the Pens, see ya later flyers they don’t stand a chance.

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