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Blueshirts Host Flyers at The Garden

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The Rangers look to wrap up the top wild card spot in the Eastern Conference when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden.

New York can secure they finish no worse than the top wild card in the conference with at least one point against the Flyers.

The Rangers picked up a point Friday night in a 4-3 shootout loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins that saw the Blueshirts overcome a 3-1 deficit in the third period. Chris Kreider tied the game with 11.6 seconds remaining in regulation, but Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby were able to beat Henrik Lundqvist in the shootout for the victory.

Lundqvist is expected to get the start in goal for the Rangers against the Flyers, a team he's had great success over in his career. Lundqvist is 33-14-4 with a .920 SV% and four shutouts. He's 19-4-1 with a .941 SV% and two shutouts in his last 24 games against the Flyers.

Sunday's meeting is the fourth and final between the two longtime rivals. The Rangers have taken two of the first three games, including a 2-0 win when the teams last met on Jan. 25 at The Garden. Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller each have three points in the season series.

The Flyers are still holding out hope for qualifying for the playoffs. They enter Sunday's game six points behind Boston but with only four games remaining on the schedule. They've won four in a row, including a 3-0 win Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

Philadelphia's Big 3 of Jakub Voracek (58), Claude Giroux (56) and Wayne Simmonds (52) lead the way offensively for the Flyers. Simmonds' 30 goals are tops on the team.

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth was stretchered off the ice after collapsing during play Saturday. He was taken to a hospital for observation, according to General Manager Ron Hextall.

Anthony Stolarz relieved Neuvirth and made 23 saves in the win over New Jersey. 

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