Mar 31, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) and Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) and right wing Jakub Voracek (93) battle for the puck during the second period at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking The Metropolitan Hate: #4

There are 44 days left until hockey season begins here in America, and there are four teams left in our Ranking the Metropolitan Hate list. As a recap, the unfamiliar Columbus Blue Jackets came in at number seven, the pesky New Jersey Devils earned the sixth spot, and the unlikeable Carolina Hurricanes took fifth. You would be a fool if you think you’d think to see the Pittsburgh Penguins or New York Rangers this low on the list, so let’s get the fourth spot taken care of…

#4 Philadelphia Flyers

Rivalry history: Like with the Devils, most of the “nasty” in the Caps/Flyers rivalry happened in the ’80s, the prime of the Patrick division bloodbath. The Peerless Prognosticator has a great, lengthy synopsis of the time period, including the timespan of three years where the two teams racked up forty-seven fighting majors in twenty games against each other. Wow, how would that kind of hockey be received nowadays, eh? My guess is– not too well. The Broad Street Bullies, as Philly used to be known, definitely never gained any brownie points with the city just down Interstate 95. The “Candy-Corns,” as my Dad and I used to call their dressed up fans, always took pleasure in invading the District when the Flyers were in town. The fact that D.C. and Philly don’t like each other in all major sports is the real heart of the rivalry. Whether it’s the McNabb to the Redskins debacle, Cole Hamels plunking Bryce Harper, or legend Dale Hunter scoring the franchise’s most memorable goal to eliminate Philly from the ’88 playoffs, these two neighboring cities just don’t enjoy each other’s company. I could’ve justified it to myself to have Philly higher on this list just for that reason. These cities are meant to be in the same division.

Reasons for future rivalry: As long as Philly remains Philly, D.C. will hate them as sports rivals. That I don’t see changing. Also, Mr. Claude Giroux has Flyers fans always hopeful for a string of deep postseason runs. Philly was just in the Cup finals in 2010, and with a few moves here and there, including the signing of Vincent Lecavalier, they should be closer to 2010 form than last season’s form going forward. Aside from the Philadelphia Phillies World Series championship in 2008, both Philly and D.C. have been yearning for a championship of some sort. With Ovie leading the Caps and Giroux leading the Flyers, it should be a fun race to a Cup between the two now that they’re divisional mates once again…

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