FLYERS (8-11-3) AT RANGERS (10-8-4)
TV: CSN-PH, MSG
Season series: The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on Friday in Philadelphia. Cam Talbot had 26-saves and recorded his second shutout in as many starts against Philadelphia this season. The Rangers have won nine straight regular-season games against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden.
Flyers team scope: The Flyers offense has been a two-man unit in the past 12 games, with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek scoring 10 of Philadelphia's 27 goals, and having a hand in 18 of them. For a Flyers team that had seven 20-goal scorers last season, the lack of secondary scoring has been surprising. Wayne Simmonds has three goals in the past 18 games, but one at even strength; R.J. Umberger has one goal in his past 21 games and no points in 15 games; Matt Read and Sean Couturier each have one goal in 15 games; Vincent Lecavalier has one goal in 12 games. "I don't see much difference [from last season] and I think we can have the same thing [this season]," coach Craig Berube said. "Our scoring has to come from the team. [Voracek and Giroux] are producing and Simmonds. We need the other guys to start doing the same. In doing that, they have to do all of the little things right to score. They can't just go out there and think it is going to happen. There are little things that have to be done in a hockey game for them to be able to do that consistently to start scoring and start producing."
Rangers team scope: The Rangers called up forward J.T. Miller from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Friday as insurance in case forward Tanner Glass can't play Saturday. Glass did not play on Friday after coach Alain Vigneault said he woke up with flu-like symptoms. Miller did not have a point in three games with the Rangers earlier this season; he has six goals and nine assists in 18 AHL games. The Rangers will try to put together a winning streak for the third time this season; they won three in a row in October and two straight games earlier this month. "We talked about backing up our wins with more wins," defenseman Dan Boyle said. "We've got to back this one up with another one to make it count."
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