PHILADELPHIA -- While the festivities of Monday saw players from the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers talking like old friends, the mood will be considerably different when they take the ice at the Wells Fargo Center for tonight's preseason game (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS).
It's the final game for the Rangers before they leave for their 10-day excursion to Europe. They'll play four preseason games in five days in four countries -- the Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia and Switzerland. They'll play their first two regular-season games in Stockholm, Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Kings, and one night later they'll play the Anaheim Ducks.
"It makes it unique. It changes the scenery for you," Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said of the trip. "Sometimes you're home playing preseason games and after Week 3 of playing preseason games you're like, 'Let's get the season going already.' We're going to change the scenery and we're going to get a chance to play some teams we've never played. I think it'll keep us fresh and keep us interested."