Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 1/1/12

PHILADELPHIA – There was one term that came to mind when seeing the New York Rangers’ approach to the Winter Classic: Businesslike. John Tortorella and his club have the right mindset going into what will be a Super Bowl-esque spectacle come tomorrow afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“I think we have handled it well,” Tortorella said of the game’s buildup. “And we have had a number of distractions right from the get-go of camp, and the guys have handled it well. I think it’s been a great experience for them.”

The Rangers have had a businesslike approach all season, so why would tomorrow be any different? Spectacle aside, the team has won six of seven and boasts a 20-6-1 record since Oct. 31. Not to mention they’ll be facing a fierce rival.

“We’re taking tomorrow as a big game,” Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said. “It’s a big two points against a team we’re battling with for the division. We’ll take playing outside as a great experience, but at the same time we’re here to win the game.”

The Rangers have beaten the Flyers each of the first two times and would like to keep up that success against them.

“We play hard, we play in your face and that’s the way we have to be successful against them,” Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky said. “We have to come out and try to dictate the pace and be physical right off the bat. … If we do that I like our chances again.”

Marc Staal will not be available to the Rangers, as Tortorella doesn’t foresee any lineup changes.

“As a coach, I’m thinking about one thing,” Tortorella said. “It’s a division opponent, it’s two points and we want to win the hockey game. That’s all we are concerned about right now.

“Let’s play,” Tortorella said. “It’s time to play the game.”

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