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New York can win 10th straight on road, climb in wild-card race; Philadelphia looks to gain in Metropolitan

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

RANGERS (35-24-4) at FLYERS (36-20-7)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS, NBCSP, MSG, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Rangers will try to extend their season-long winning streak to six games and their record road winning streak to 10 games when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Friday.

The Rangers, 9-1-0 in their past 10 games, won their ninth consecutive road game, a 5-2 victory at the Montreal Canadiens, on Thursday and are two points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers seek their fifth straight win, which would match their longest stretch this season. Philadelphia is in third place in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers' 22 home wins are tied for the most in the NHL with the Penguins, Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.

 

Players to watch

Rangers center Mika Zibanejad has scored one goal in six straight games, tied for the longest goal streak in the NHL this season, and has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in a nine-game point streak.

Flyers center Sean Couturier has 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in his past 18 gamed and is two points shy of 400 in the NHL.

 

They said it

"We've got to get two points. We have a chance to keep climbing here. The teams that are in front of us are losing. [The Rangers] are right there too. They're 9-1 in their last 10 so they're climbing as well." -- Flyers center Kevin Hayes

"We're a confident group in here. We believe in each other. We never think we can't come back in a game or can't hold a lead. It's been good." -- Rangers defenseman Adam Fox

 

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Filip Chytil

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Brett Howden -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Lemieux -- Greg McKegg -- Julien Gauthier

Brendan Smith -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: None

Injured: Igor Shesterkin (rib fracture), Pavel Buchnevich (soreness), Micheal Haley (core muscle)

 

Flyers projected lineup 

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk -- Derek Grant -- Tyler Pitlick

Michael Raffl -- Nate Thompson -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg -- Justin Braun

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Shayne Gostisbehere

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)

 

Status report

Georgiev will make his third straight start after allowing five goals on 79 shots in wins at the New York Islanders on Tuesday (4-3 in overtime) and at Montreal. … The Rangers did not hold a morning skate. … The Flyers will use the same lineup as they used in their 4-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

 

Stat pack

Panarin has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in an 11-game point streak and 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) against Philadelphia in his NHL career. … The Flyers are 17-0-1 when Hayes scores a goal this season. He has 21 goals. … Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault is one coaching win from passing Pat Quinn (684) for sole possession of 10th place on the League all-time list.

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