Season Series (2015-16): 2-1-2
All-Time Record: 285 gp (121-118-37-9)
Leading Scorers: PHI: 18pts, Simmonds (10g-8a) | NYR: 18pts, Hayes (9g-9a), Miller (8g-10a)
Power Play: (PHI: 19-for-74, 25.7%, 2nd) (NYR: 14-for-63, 22.2%, 7th)
Penalty Kill: (PHI: 53-of-66, 80.3%, 23rd) (NYR: 50-for-58, 86.2%, 5th)
1. GOBBLE, GOBBLE
This is the 10th straight season the Flyers have hosted a game on Black Friday… Last year they took a 3-2 overtime win over Nashville… The Flyers have had a game the day after Thanksgiving each season since 1997, going 9-4-1-3 record (one tie)… They have been on the road just twice (2001 & 2005) and hosted 15 of the previous 17 outings… The Flyers have earned points in seven of the past nine Black Friday games (4-2-3).
2. THE DEFENSE DOESN'T REST
Today's match up shows off two of the highest powered offenses on the blue line… The Flyers lead all NHL teams with 58 points (14g-44a) from their defensemen, led by Mark Streit with 12 points… The Rangers rank third with 52 points (6g-46a) from the back end, led by captain Ryan McDonagh with 13 points and rookie Brady Skjei with 11 points… Both McDonagh and Skjei have posted all assists and no goals… The Rangers D is also a combined +50 through 21 games.
3. THERE'S HISTORY THERE
This is the first of four meetings this year… Last year, three of the five meetings were decided by a shootout with all three of the shootouts coming at Philadelphia… This is also the 286th all-time meeting against the Rangers - its the most games played against another opponent in Flyers history… After going 0-3 in 2011-12, the Flyers have had success at home against the Rangers, going 6-2-2 in the last four seasons.
The Rangers have won five of their last six road games, outscoring their opponent, 26-12 in the process… The Rangers are coming off a 6-1 loss to the Penguins in their last outing and have not lost back-to-back games in regulation yet this season… Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 22-4-1 record in the game following a loss of any kind… The Flyers will be playing their third game in less than a four-day span, dropping a 4-2 loss at Tampa on Wednesday - the Flyers have not lost two consecutive games in regulation in nearly a month (Oct. 27-29).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (RW: #17 - Wayne Simmonds)
Simmonds does very well against the Rangers - he led the team in last year's season series with three goals and five points in five games… In his career against the Rangers he has 11 goals and 18 points in 28 games… This season, Simmonds leads the Flyers in goals (10) and overall scoring (18) while tying for third among all players in the NHL with five power-play goals.
RANGERS (G: #30 - Henrik Lundqvist)
Last year, Lundqvist went 3-0-1 and started four of the five games where he posted a 1.65 GAA and .948 save percentage against the Flyers… Over the course of his career, he has a 31-13-4 record in 50 appearances against the Flyers… As for this year, he is winless in his last three starts, going 0-2-1, but has a 9-6-1 overall mark with a 2.46 GAA and .911 save percentage.
TODAY AT 50
On November 25, 1970: In a battle between two Hall of Fame goaltenders, Bernie Parent outdueled the New York Rangers' Eddie Giacomin in a 3-1 win at the Spectrum. With the game deadlocked at 1-1 early in the third period, Flyers rookie Bob "the Hound" Kelly potted the rebound of a Larry Hillman shot to put the Flyers ahead to stay. Parent made 25 saves to earn the win and even assisted on the club's empty-net goal.