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NHL on NBCSN: Blues, Flyers gear up for fierce rematch

Apr 1, 2014, 8:38 AM EST

Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) blocks a shot by St. Louis Blues' Derek Roy (12) as Braydon Coburn (5), Dmitrij Jaskin (26), of Russia, Matt Read (24) and Adam Hall (18) look on during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 4-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP

NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 campaign tonight when the St. Louis Blues host the Philadelphia Flyers at Scottrade Center at 8:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

Before the Flyers last met the Blues on March 22, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock suggested that the top contenders in the Eastern Conference should be nervous as he felt the Flyers looked like they would be “a bear in the playoffs.”

Philadelphia went on to earn a 4-1 victory over St. Louis to extend its winning streak to five games.

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The Flyers have gone 1-2-1 since that game, with their only victory being against the imploding Toronto Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, the Blues have won three of their last four contests.

Based on those records alone, you would assume that these squads’ momentum was shifting in different directions and Hitchcock’s warning to teams like the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins — both of which recently beat Philadelphia — was becoming outdated. That’s not the case.

Philadelphia hasn’t been winning, but the team’s morale remains high.

“At this time of year sometimes it doesn’t matter — the result. It’s just how you feel as a team, how you played as a team. And I think we’re pretty happy with how we played,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux told CSN Philly after his team’s 4-3 shootout loss to Boston.

By contrast, Hitchcock isn’t comfortable with how his team has done lately.

“I think what I’m troubled by and I’d like to see changed is that we’re in the 40-50 minute range for hockey, not the 60-minute,” Hitchcock said on Monday, per the team’s website. “We were great against Toronto, went to sleep for 10 minutes, game on. we were asleep for 10 minutes against Minnesota, then game on. You all know what the playoffs are like, you can’t go asleep for 10 minutes. It’s game over, not game on.”

St. Louis has secured its postseason berth and Philadelphia is also a safe bet to advance, so to a large extent, this game is about msetting the tone these teams are striving for going into the playoffs. At the same time, the two points at stake have plenty of meaning as the Flyers fight for the second seed in the Metropolitan Division and home ice advantage in the first round while the Blues compete for the Presidents’ Trophy.

  1. toiletclown - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Blues win 4-2. Stamp it

    • laxman1944 - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      Flush

  2. chaser44 - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Going to be a great game, go orange and black

  3. flyboystransport - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    I hope its as physical as the last time they faced each other

  4. 11111111111a22 - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Should be a battle. Is Rinaldo big enough to scrap with Reaves? If not, he certainly seems crazy enough go do it.

    Blues: 3-1 (EN goal)

    • zta7991 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Idk how big Reaves is but rinaldo is 5’10 – 5’11 and about 180 but he is definitely ballsy enough to go with anyone

    • flyerspsu - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      is Rinaldo big enough to go with Reaves? no

      is he crazy enough to fight him? yes

      Reaves is bigger and a better fighter so it would not be smart fir Rinaldo to fight him but that didnt stop him from fighting guys Thornton, Sestito, Fritz and Bissonnette etc.

  5. hockey412 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Good leward what a tough week (physically) for that Flyers team. I’m sure they’ll do fine but that’s a tough week going down the home stretch.

  6. pastabelly - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    The Flyers played the Bruins tougher than anyone in the month of March. The only they lost was a skills contest and a point that goes with it. I think the Flyers play the game the right way and the main thing that separates them from Boston is depth and goaltending. The can compete with St Louis and neither a Flyer win or loss should surprise anyone.

  7. savior72 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Reaves- 6’1″ 225 lbs, that wouldn’t be a fight

    • zta7991 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Look at rinaldo vs iginla. Iginla is 6’1 210. He can hold his own against bigger guys

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Ask BJ Crombeen if Rinaldo’s size matters when the gloves come off. He’s 6’2″ 210. And like was stated below, Iginla has shown he’s a tough customer and Rinaldo handled him easily. It’s the littlest guys that are the craziest and Rinaldo doesn’t play the clutch and grab bs, he’s go full out with haymakers from the start. I have no doubt he’d fight John Scott if the opportunity presented itself.

    • flyerspsu - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      i agree with Savior, its not the size here tho, Rinaldo can beat bigger guys, but Reaves is one of the best fighters in the league, combine that with the size and its no match for Rinaldo

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Flyers have to play as well or better than they did in the last matchup. I really want that 2nd spot and the Flyers road has been far tougher than NY, so they just have to keep up the compete level. That 1-2-1 record is somewhat misleading as they’ve played two straight good games. In LA they only lost 3-2 and probably would’ve had atleast a point if not for JQuick. The Rangers game was the only one of the last 4 where they looked like the early season Flyers. And that’s why home ice is so important, we can’t win at MSG.

    • 11111111111a22 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      I just hope they do their Flyer things and take a bunch of bad penalties. I hope it’s chippy, I hope it’s chirpy. I want to see a mean one tonight.

  9. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    This is the Flyers (who need every point for playoffs) vs Blues and all the comments are Rinaldo fighting a big guy?

  10. savior72 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Guess Rinaldo isn’t so crazy afterall

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