The Flyers need one point in today's game against the Rangers to clinch a playoff spot.
When asked about that, Henrik Lundqvist brought up the final day of the 2010 regular season when the Flyers beat the Rangers in a shootout to end their season and five-year streak of making the playoffs.
After that game, Lundqvist said "I'm just so empty, I don't know what to say." (NY Times)
On Friday, Lundqvist said "for us who were there, we want to play a really strong game for ourselves but for that reason. They got a big win at a crucial time and it hurt. We are going to play a desperate and really good team tomorrow so we will need everything." (NYR)
Lundqvist and Marc Staal are the only members of that 2010 team still on the Rangers though Chris Drury is now the assistant GM.
The Flyers can make the playoffs either by picking up one point or if Florida loses one point in any fashion over their final two games.
Adam Rotter: That 2010 loss has always been tough to stomach though that season is now not the only one of Henrik's career where he will miss the playoffs. Henrik wants to win every game and today will be no different. There would be more on the line and a little bit more satisfaction in beating the Flyers if a loss eliminated them from contention but Philly can lose and still get in if Florida drops a point. A regulation loss would keep the Rangers with at least the 9th best odds in the lottery but they could move up to 7 if Chicago or Edmonton win or with some other combinations of points. Like the game against the Islanders, the Rangers will play to win and will want to win but unless Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil absolutely dominate, a loss may work better in their favor.