It’s Philly

By virtue of their 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins today, the Philadelphia Flyers have climbed into sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. With 95 points, the Flyers will draw the third-seeded Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Both teams missed the playoffs last season. The Caps and Flyers have met in the postseason three times, with Washington winning two of the series. The most recent Washington-Philly playoff match-up was in 1988-89 when Philly ousted the Caps in six games in a first-round series.

This year’s series will open in Washington, probably on Thursday. More on scheduling as it becomes available.

UPDATE: In a contrast to past years when the Caps were harmed by dubious playoff scheduling for one reason or another, Washington catches a bit of a break this time around. The Caps-Flyers series will start on Friday, the latest of any of the eight first-round series. If the series goes the full seven games, the Caps and Flyers will pay on the back end with games on back-to-back nights — and three games in four days — to close out the series.

Here’s the schedule:

Game 1 at WAS on Friday, Apr. 11 at 7 p.m.

Game 2 at WAS on Sunday, Apr. 13 at 2 p.m.

Game 3 at PHI on Tuesday, Apr. 15 at 7 p.m.

Game 4 at PHI on Thursday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m.

* Game 5 at WAS on Saturday, Apr. 19 at 1 p.m.

* Game 6 at PHI on Monday, Apr. 21 at TBD

* Game 7 at WAS on Tuesday, Apr. 22 at TBD

* if necessary

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11 Comments on “It’s Philly”

  1. Funkyglovefacewash Says:

    It’s been a long time since we played them in the playoffs but I remember it like it was yesterday. I still hate the Flyers and it’s going to be very satisfying to see us beat them this year.

  2. jason Says:

    bring em

  3. Turk in Alaska Says:


    Is this the “House Money” portion of our show?

  4. dumpnchase Says:

    “House money” in the sense that few expected us to get here. I think the Caps can beat any team, tho.

  5. thag Says:

    True to form, the Penguin Scum tanked to get a weaker team. I hope Ottawa sweeps them.

    Caps in 5.

  6. AJD Says:

    LOL. Who would you rather play right now, the Sens or the Bruins? This is the kind of thing that comes back to bite you, though, so I expect that the Pens will regret this little bit of dodging.

    As for the Caps, I’ll stack them up against anyone, and certainly Philly.

    I hope Schultz and Morrison can play, though.

  7. Mike L Says:

    I’d rather be playing Ottawa more than any other eastern team right now. They were already in a death spiral before Alfredsson went down. Without him, the Pens will win in either 4 or 5 games.

    Philly is a good match-up for the Caps as they will be relying on not-that-quick set of defensemen (with the exception of Timonen) to stop the Alexes, Fedorov, Backstrom et al. The Flyers do generate a lot of scoring chances and they have 7 20-goal guys so they can’t be taken lightly. They can be taken though. 🙂

  8. Funkyglovefacewash Says:

    The last time I saw a team so blatantly try not to win a game , as the Pens did yesterday, was near the end of the ’03/’04 season. The team was… guessed it, the Pens. It was their next to last game against our Caps that season and they tanked it as shamefully as they did yesterday so they could clinch the worst record and have the best chance at the lottery. A few days later they played us again, with their last place finish secured and took it to us like they were in a playoff game. Their pathetic attempt backfired when the Hockey Gods decided to award the top pick to a much more deserving Caps team that played hard right to the end. That’s karma, but apparently the Pens didn’t learn their lesson that year and now can expect another dose of karma. I believe the Caps will go deep in the playoffs and Philly will make for an exciting series to start our run.

  9. Luc Bertrand Says:

    I am confident, too, that the Caps can beat everybody in the league right now. However, I fear a loss of momentum given the team win-or-die situation since trade deadline. Don’t forget the Flyers had a strong finish too and could split the series against Washington this season, winning at Verizon Center and losing in Philadelphia, both before and after Bruce Boudreau’s appointment as Caps head coach.

    Funkyglovefacewash is right. Would it have been right to see Pittsburgh get a concession player like Ovechkin after such a cheap shot? One who choose chooses worst. Maybe both the Penguins and the Canadiens will regret to have given their favorite opponent (Ottawa and Boston) such an opportunity to beat them. Anyway, should the Caps were due to be beaten, this would have happened during the last stretch of the season when they faced (and defeated) many of their tougher rivals (Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, etc.). Let’s go to the end!

  10. Ty Says:

    I was at both Flyers games at the Verizon and both times it sounds more like I was in Philly than DC. Amazing how now that the Caps have actually won a few games all the “lifelong” Caps fans have crawled out from under their beds. LET’S GO FLYERS!!!!!

  11. Tom in FL Says:

    Why don’t you just go back to booing Mike Schmidt, like all true fans from Filthydelphia.

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