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Rangers pay first trip to Philadelphia @NHL
The New York Rangers hope their first trip to Philadelphia this season is better than their final visit last season.

The Rangers came to Philadelphia on April 11 for a winner-take-all game -- the winner got the last playoff berth in the East, the loser went home. Philadelphia spotted the Rangers an early lead, tied the game in the third period and won 2-1 in a shootout, triggering a playoff run that went all the way to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers simply went home.

They're back Thursday night for their first meeting of the season, and both teams are coming off 3-2 home wins on Monday night; the Rangers beat Chicago, while the Flyers edged Carolina.

The Rangers-Flyers game starts at 7 p.m. ET and is one of six on Thursday night's schedule. Also at 7, Columbus visits Atlanta. Both teams are coming off victories -- the Blue Jackets blanked Montreal 3-0 on Tuesday, while the Thrashers won 4-3 at Florida on Wednesday.

A half-hour later, the New York Islanders will try to rebound from a 7-2 whipping at Carolina when they visit Ottawa. The Senators come home after a 3-2 win at Toronto on Tuesday.

St. Louis puts its perfect 5-0-0 home record on the line when San Jose comes to the Scottrade Center for an 8 p.m. ET start. The Sharks come to town after a 1-0 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.

At 9 p.m., Colorado, off since Saturday's 5-1 win against Columbus, hosts Vancouver, a 4-3 winner at Edmonton on Tuesday, and at 10:30, Tampa Bay makes a rare visit to Los Angeles -- a game that will feature the top two picks in the 2008 Entry Draft, Steven Stamkos of the Lightning and Drew Doughty of the Kings.
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