Tonight’s game is the first time these two teams are meetings (not including preseason) since Game 7 at Madison Square Garden of the first round series in which the Rangers won, 2-1, eventually winning the Eastern Conference and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final… Neither team earned two consecutive wins in the seven-game series… The teams split the season series last year (2-2-0), with each winning on their home ice… Even though the Flyers earned a 4-2 win in Game 2 in the playoffs last year, the Flyers are winless at MSG in the regular season for eight straight games, posting an 0-8-0 record, with their last victory at MSG coming on Feb. 20, 2011… During that eight-game stretch, New York has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the eight contests, outscoring Philadelphia, 31-9.
Tonight is also the first of four meetings of the year against the Rangers and first of three meetings that will take place in an 11-day span - the two teams will play a back-to-back, home-and-home series next week beginning with NBC’s Thanksgiving Showdown on Black Friday… Following this stretch, the two teams will not meet again until Feb. 28, a span of 91 days… The Flyers come into tonight looking to stop a two-game losing skid and a three-game winless streak on the road with their last road victory coming almost a month ago (Oct. 22 at Pittsburgh)… The Rangers come into tonight looking to end a three-game winless skid and have dropped seven of their last nine games… Rick Nash leads the Rangers with 12 goals and 19 points through 18 games - his 12 goals are tied for second in the NHL… Jakub Voracek leads the Flyers and is tied for the NHL’s scoring race with Sidney Crosby at 26 points… Voracek is currently on a career-best 10-game point streak in which he has 19 points (5g-14a) and is also longest active streak in the NHL this season.
Claude Giroux will not play tonight due to a lower-body injury suffered in practice on Monday… Scott Laughton has been recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms - he has six goals and 11 points in 13 games for the Phantoms… Tonight is former Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto’s first game in NY against the Rangers since being traded to Nashville on Jan. 22 of last season… Both Flyers netminders have had success against the Rangers: Ray Emery is 7-2-0 with a 1.87 GAA and .936 save percentage, while Steve Mason is 4-1-1 with a 2.49 GAA and .928 save percentage… The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last 10 home games (5-2-3) and have tallied at least three goals in six of their last nine home games… Derek Stepan has registered a point in four of six games since returning to the lineup and making his season debut on Nov. 8 with five points (1g-4a) over that span… The Flyers have not scored the first goal of the game in any road game so far this season.
Schenn comes into tonight’s game as the Flyers top line center with the injury to Claude Giroux… He is likely to have Jakub Voracek and RJ Umberger on either side of him… Schenn will also look to extend his career-high, five-game point streak to six games - he is coming off of a two-goal effort in his last game and three goals in his last three games, while also posting seven points (3g-4a) in his five-game stretch… Against the Rangers, he has three goals and four points in 12 games… Schenn also scored his first NHL goal against the Rangers - it was in the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.
St. Louis has 43 assists and 58 points in 46 career games against the Flyers, but only one goal in three games last year… He posted six points (2g-4a) in the seven-game playoff series last year… Lately, St. Louis has been one of the Rangers’ hottest players, posting goals in each of his last two games and three of his last four… He also has six goals and eight points in his last eight games… St. Louis is five points away from reaching 1,000 career points in the NHL… Since 2009-10, he ranks second among all NHL players in points (410).