Having played on one side of Pennsylvania rivalry for three seasons, NBC Sports Network analyst Jeremy Roenick is looking forward to a potential Philadelphia-Pittsburgh first-round playoff series if for no other reason than the emotion that will spill out of each city and meet somewhere between Harrisburg and Altoona.
"It is a massive matchup in terms of Pennsylvania ego," Roenick, who played for the Flyers from 2001-04, told NHL.com. "These fans don't like each other. It's amazing to be in one state and have fans on each side dislike each other as much as they do."
To Roenick, the fans can play a role in the outcome of the game in each city with their emotion and noise. That's why the winner of the game Sunday in Pittsburgh (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) could have a huge advantage come playoff time.