Philadelphia Flyers (20-11-5, 45pts)
New York Rangers (17-14-4, 38pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 3-1-0
All-Time Record: 297gp (128-123-37-9)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 32-pts (11g-21a)
NYR - Artemi Panarin: 45-pts (20g-25a)
1. TWAS THE GAME BEFORE...
The Flyers play their final game before they break for the holiday and it's the second straight year the Flyers host the Rangers in the final game before the holiday break - the Flyers earned a 3-2 shootout win last season on Dec. 23... Overall, they own a 24-12-9 record in the final game before the holiday break, not including four games played on Christmas Day, and have won four of their last six "final" games before the holiday break, including the last three times they have played at the Wells Fargo Center.
2. INTO TONIGHT
The Flyers come into tonight's game with a three-game winning streak and are looking for their fourth straight win for what would be the third separate time this season... The Flyers have also won three straight at home and are tied (with NYI) for the best winning percentage on home ice this season (.778) with a 12-2-4 record... The Rangers come into tonight's game playing the second of a back-to-back - they are 3-2-0 in the second of games on back-to-back nights... They earned a 5-1 win over the Ducks on Sunday at MSG, but they haven't won back-to-back games in nearly a month (Nov. 23-27) when they won three in-a-row.
3. METRO MAYHEM
This is the first of four meetings this season against the Rangers, who are the only Metro Division opponent, and one of two Eastern Conference opponents, the Flyers have yet to face this season (Tampa)... The Flyers currently own an eight-game winning streak against Eastern Conference opponents dating back to Nov. 21, and have earned points in six straight meetings within their division (4-0-2)... The Rangers have their best record against the Metro Division, posting a 6-2-0 record, which includes a six-game winning streak against the Metro with their last loss against a division opponent coming over two months ago - Oct. 18 at WSH.
4. GOING STREAKING
Carter Hart has won his last six games at home (6-0-0, 1.34 GAA and .952 sv pct.)... He also ranks third among all NHL goaltenders in wins on home ice (10), second in save percentage (.944) and T-2nd in goals-against average (1.53)... Jakub Voracek has points in three straight (2g-2a), while James van Riemsdyk has had back-to-back two-goal games... Artemi Panarin has a seven-game point streak (7g-4a) while Mika Zibanejad has points in five straight games (5g-4a) and Chris Kreider has a three-game streak (3g-1a).