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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Rangers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

12     RW      Brayden Schenn
14     C          Sean Couturier
17     RW      Wayne Simmonds 
20     RW      R.J. Umberger
36     RW      Colin McDonald
37     RW      Tim Brent
38     LW      Aaron Palushaj
49     C         Scott Laughton
52     C         Nick Cousins
41     LW     Jay Rosehill
70     LW     Danick Martel  
80     RW     Travis Konecny
89     LW     Sam Gagner
32     D         Mark Streit
53     D         Shayne Gostisbehere
55     D         Nick Schultz
71     D         Travis Sanheim
79     D         Ivan Provorov
82     D         Evgeni Medvedev

30     G    Steve Mason
45     G    Jason LaBarbera
Both teams come in having played their first preseason games last night… The Rangers won their preseason opener on Monday against the New Jersey Devils, 6-3, while the Flyers split decisions against the New York Islanders in last night’s split-squad game (W, 5-3 in Allentown, PA  &  L, 2-3 in Brooklyn, NY)… Michael Del Zotto (1g-1a) and Jakub Voracek (2a) were the only Flyers to record multiple points while 19 Flyers in total recorded at least a point between the two games…  Center Jayson Megna posted two goals, while defenseman Kevin Klein (3a) and center Brian Gibbons (1g-2a) each posted three-points in the Rangers victory.
In an effort to test the format before the regular season starts, tonight’s game will featured the new '3-on-3' five-minute overtime format mandated by the NHL regardless of the final score after regulation… Should the score be tied heading into and after overtime has ended, it will be followed by a standard shootout… If the score is not tied at the end of regulation there will NOT be a shootout following 3-on-3. The Flyers and Islanders played a full five minute 3 on 3 overtime on Monday in Brooklyn with neither team producing a goal. For more on this click HERE.
The Flyers play the Rangers for the first of two meetings during the preseason… It is the  second consecutive year the Flyers will play the Rangers twice in the preseason, but just the fourth time in 12 preseasons (since 2002) they will play the Blueshirts twice… Although the two are close in proximity, this is just the fifth overall meeting between the two teams since the 2007 preseason… The Flyers return home to Philadelphia tonight where they went a perfect 3-0-0 in the preseason last year and are 20-8-2 in the last 10 years… Rangers defenseman Mat Bodie was teammates with Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on the Union College team that won the 2014 NCAA National title.
Mason will see his first action of the preseason after sitting out the split-squad games last night and he stated at the morning skate he expects to play the whole game… After a few bouts with injury last year, he finished the season with a .928 save percentage, which ranked third among all NHL goaltenders, which was also the second-best single-season save percentage in franchise history for a goalie that played the majority of the team’s games in that season… He also finished with a 2.25 goals-against average, which is the lowest for a regular Flyers goaltender since 2003-04. The Rangers first round pick, 15th overall, in 2011 enjoyed a breakthrough season towards the end of last year, posting five goals and five assists for 10 points in his last 22 games… He also tied for the team lead in even strength goals (5), game-winning goals (2) and tied for fourth on the team in even strength points (10)… The Rangers also posted a 16-4 record in games which Miller recorded a point in 2014-15.


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