Metropolitan Division Preview: Flyers

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Flyers-Jakub Voracek: Not only has Voracek come of age as a player in the NHL, he has become a major thorn in the side of the Rangers. Last year Voracek ranked in the league’s Top Ten in goals scored (8th with 22) and Top Twenty in points (18th with 46 in 48 games). It marked his first 20-goal season, and he finished just four points shy of his career-high of 50 set three years prior when he appeared in 81 games as a Blue Jacket. Clearly the 24 year-old former first round pick (2007) is emerging as an offensive force. And he saved some of his best work for the Rangers, against whom he recorded four goals and totaled seven points in five games in the 2013 season---notching at least one point in each game against New York. Calling on Mr. Girardi, Mr. McDonagh, Mr. Staal….

Rangers-Ryan Callahan: Captain Cally just loves playing against the Flyers. Last year Callahan recorded three goals and finished with five points in five games against the Flyers, including a huge two-goal, three-point contest on March 5th against Philly at The Garden. In 32 career games against the Flyers, Callahan has scored 15 goals and totaled 25 points. On March 6, 2011 Callahan had a career night at the Flyers expense, scoring a career-best four goals and five points in a Garden contest. Facing Philly also brings out Captain Cally’s intense passion. His scrap last January 29th with the Flyers’ Max Talbot cost him a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury he played through the rest of the season and one that led him to major off-season surgery this past June---and could force him to miss some games at the start of this 2013-14 campaign.