Philadelphia Flyers (37-20-7, 81pts)
New York Rangers (35-25-4, 74pts)
at Madison Square Garden | New York, NY
TIME: 12:00 noon | TV: NBC | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
METRO & WILD CARD RACE
M1 - WSH: 84 pts - 18 games left / 1 vs Flyers
M2 - PHI: 81 pts - 18 games left
M3 - PIT: 80 pts - 18 games left / 1 vs Flyers
WC1 - NYI: 78 pts - 18 games left / 1 vs Flyers
WC2 - CBJ: 76 pts - 16 games left
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CAR: 75 pts - 18 games left / 1 vs Flyers
NYR: 74 pts - 18 games left / 2 vs Flyers
FLA: 73 pts - 17 games left
Season Series: 2-0-0
All-Time Record: 299gp (130-123-37-9)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 58-pts (22g-36a)
NYR - Artemi Panarin: 88-pts (32g-56a)
1. AGAIN AND AGAIN
Today is the third meeting of the year and first in New York as the two teams will wrap up the home and home series after a 5-2 Flyers win on Friday... The Flyers won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 10-3, scoring six of their 10 goals in the third period, but the Rangers have scored first in both meetings... The Flyers have seven players who have recorded points in both games(Aube-Kubel, Couturier, Giroux, Hayes, Konecny, van Riemsdyk and Voracek), compared to just one from the Rangers (Jesper Fast)... Jake Voracek leads the Flyers with five points, all assists, against the Rangers, while Carter Hart is 2-0-0.
2. TODAY'S HISTORY LESSON
Today is also the 300th all-time meeting between the two rivals, with the Rangers becoming the first team the Flyers have played 300 games against... They have an all-time mark of 130-123-37-9 in the regular season and the teams have met 11 times, and played 54 games against each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs - the Flyers have won six of the series to the Rangers five and holding a 30-24 edge in wins... Bobby Clarke is the all-time leader in scoring for the Flyers against the Rangers with 74 points (24g-50a) in 88 games while defenseman Brian Leetch is the all-time leader for the Rangers against the Flyers with nearly identical stats - 75 points (24g-51a) in 81 games.
3. EXTRA MSG
The Flyers have won five straight entering today and look for their first six-game win streak this season... The Rangers had their five-game streak end with the loss to the Flyers but have not lost two games in-a-row in over a month (since Jan. 19-21)... The Flyers have also won eight of their last nine games against the Rangers, going 8-1-0 in that span... In addition, the Flyers have also won three straight games at Madison Square Garden and look for their first four-game win streak at MSG since a six-game streak from Nov. 8, 2003-Mar, 22, 2006.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers have scored four or more goals in each of the last five games for the first time in 10 years (Jan. 1-12, 2010) and look to make it six in-a-row for the first time in nearly 15 years (Oct. 27-Jan. 8, 2005)... THAT: Artemi Panarin has points in 12 straight games with 17 points (5g-12a), while defenseman Adam Fox has points in three straight (1g-3a)... THE OTHER: The Rangers are 6-2-0 at home against teams from the Metro this season but have dropped their last two meetings... The Flyers are 5-3-2 on the road against the Metro, earning points in seven of their last eight (5-1-2).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (LW: #21 - Scott Laughton)
Laughton posted two assists in Friday's win over the Rangers and now has two-point games in each of his last three contests with six points (2g-4a) in that span... Since returning from the NHL Bye/All Star week, Laughton has 13 points (6g-7a) in 14 games and is a +9.
RANGERS (C: #93 - Mika Zibanejad)
Zibanejad was held off the scoresheet in the first game, which ended his six-game goal-scoring streak... He has not gone two games in-a-row without scoring a goal in over a month (Jan. 19-21)... His 30 goals rank second on the Rangers and is tied for his career-high, but against the Flyers, he has just four goals and five points in 25 career meetings.