Flyers try to stay perfect vs. Rangers
Sunday, 02.20.2011 / 12:30 PMFLYERS (38-15-5) at RANGERS (31-25-4)
-- NBC (HD)
Philadelphia 7-3-0; New York 3-6-1
-- It's the fourth of six meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals, and the Rangers are still looking for their first victory. The Flyers won the first two games in Philadelphia, both by a 4-1 score, before beating the Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 16.
-- The Flyers wrap up a four-game road trip when they come to the Garden for an early start. Both teams are coming off losses on Friday night -- the Flyers allowed a late goal and lost 3-2 at Carolina, while the Rangers went across the river to New Jersey and left with a 1-0 victory. The Flyers are still comfortably in front in the Eastern Conference, while the Rangers are seventh.
-- A sudden case of the flu might have cost the Flyers two points in Raleigh. Captain Mike Richards took part in the pregame warmup, but then was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms. Jody Shelley
had to race down and dress in his place, and coach Peter Laviolette had to do some line-juggling. Before the Flyers could get their bearings, the 'Canes led 2-0.
"I'm not making excuses," Laviolette said. "We need to be better, but we were juggling a little bit."