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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Rangers

The Flyers and the Rangers face off tonight 7:30PM, at the Madison Square Garden.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

WILD CARD TRACKER

  1. NYR: 98 pts, 4 games remaining

  2. BOS: 90 pts, 4 games remaining

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  3. TBL: 86 pts, 5 games remaining

  4. NYI: 84 pts, 5 games remaining

  5. CAR: 84 pts, 5 games remaining

  6. PHI: 84 pts, 4 games remaining

 

1. HIGH FLYIN

The Flyers come into tonight on a four-game winning streak where they have outscored the competition, 17-7… They have also won five of their last six, and gone 7-3-0 in their last 10 games… This is the third straight Sunday game for Flyers, who own an impressive 8-1-2 record in games played on Sundays… Tonight is the fourth and final meeting between the two clubs - the Flyers are 1-2-0, but won the last meeting, 2-0 at MSG on Jan. 25… After losing 10-straight games from Mar, 6, 2011-Nov. 29, 2014 at Madison Square Garden, the Flyers have won two of their last three games at MSG.

 

2. THE 100 CLUB

The Rangers are trying to hit the 100 point mark for the third consecutive season, but have been inching towards that mark having dropped three straight games and seven of their last nine overall, going 2-3-4, including back-to-back losses past regulation in their last two games… New York has posted a 21-6-4 record in games following a loss in 2016-17… The Rangers have earned a playoff berth in seven consecutive seasons and in 11 of their last 12 seasons since 2005-06 with the only exception being the shootout loss on the final regular season game to the Flyers in 2010. 

 

3. STREAKING THROUGH THE CITY

A trio of Flyers are riding four-game point streaks: Rookie forward Jordan Weal has goals in four straight games and five points during his streak, while defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has five points (1g-4a) as does Brayden Schenn with two goals and three assists… Rick Nash has five goals in his last six games, while Mats Zuccarello has recorded 10 points (3g-7a) in his last 10 games for the Rangers.

 

4. GOALS GALORE

The Rangers have scored three or more goals in each of the last four games and in nine of the last 12… Overall, they rank fourth in the NHL at 3.14 goals per-game… Since Feb. 28, the Flyers are tied for fourth in the NHL in goals scored (50) and are third in the league in even-strength goals (39)… The Flyers have scored a power-play goal in three straight games, going 4-for-11, while going perfect on the penalty kill in the last two games, a combined 6-for-6… The Rangers have gone 3-for-5 in their last two games on the power-play and have scored a PPG in five of their last six games going 40% (6-for-15).

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (LW: #10 - Brayden Schenn)

One of the hottest Flyers coming into tonight's game, Schenn is riding a four-game point streak with two goals and five points in that stretch and has 11 points (5g-6a) in his last 11 games… Schenn leads the Flyers in power-play goals (17) which also ties him for the NHL lead and leads the Flyers with seven game-winning goals, which is a new career high.

RANGERS (C: #10 - J.T. Miller)

Miller comes into tonight with back-to-back multi-point games, recording four points (2g-2a) in his last two contests and is tied for the overall Rangers lead in points (56)… Miller has eight career points (4g-4a) in 15 career games against the Flyers, however all eight of those points have come in 10 games over the last three seasons, including three assists in three games this season.

 

TODAY AT 50

On April 2, 1988… In his second NHL season, Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall clinched his second straight 30-win season as he got the W in a wide-open 7-4 road win over the Quebec Nordiques on April 2, 1988. He became the first Flyers goalie since Bernie Parent (back-to-back seasons of topping 40 wins) to accomplish the feat. Hextall stopped 32 of 36 shots to nail down the win.

 

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-2-0

All-Time Record: 288 gp (122-120-37-9)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 59pts, Voracek (19g-40a)

NYR: 56pts, Miller (22g-34a) & Zuccarello (15g-41a)

Power Play: 

(PHI: 53-for-266, 19.9%, T-12th) 

(NYR: 45-for-226, 19.9%, T-12th)

Penalty Kill: 

(PHI: 186-of-233, 79.8%, 22nd) 

(NYR: 170-for-214, 79.4%, 23rd)

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