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Rangers pay first trip to Philadelphia

Wednesday, 11.03.2010 / 10:16 PM / Game Previews

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Rangers pay first trip to Philadelphia
The New York Rangers hope their first trip to Philadelphia this season is better than their final visit last season.

The Rangers came to Philadelphia on April 11 for a winner-take-all game -- the winner got the last playoff berth in the East, the loser went home. Philadelphia spotted the Rangers an early lead, tied the game in the third period and won 2-1 in a shootout, triggering a playoff run that went all the way to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers simply went home.

They're back Thursday night for their first meeting of the season, and both teams are coming off 3-2 home wins on Monday night; the Rangers beat Chicago, while the Flyers edged Carolina.

The Rangers-Flyers game starts at 7 p.m. ET and is one of six on Thursday night's schedule. Also at 7, Columbus visits Atlanta. Both teams are coming off victories -- the Blue Jackets blanked Montreal 3-0 on Tuesday, while the Thrashers won 4-3 at Florida on Wednesday.

A half-hour later, the New York Islanders will try to rebound from a 7-2 whipping at Carolina when they visit Ottawa. The Senators come home after a 3-2 win at Toronto on Tuesday.

St. Louis puts its perfect 5-0-0 home record on the line when San Jose comes to the Scottrade Center for an 8 p.m. ET start. The Sharks come to town after a 1-0 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.

At 9 p.m., Colorado, off since Saturday's 5-1 win against Columbus, hosts Vancouver, a 4-3 winner at Edmonton on Tuesday, and at 10:30, Tampa Bay makes a rare visit to Los Angeles -- a game that will feature the top two picks in the 2008 Entry Draft, Steven Stamkos of the Lightning and Drew Doughty of the Kings.
Quote of the Day

I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday