The Philadelphia Flyers will take on the New York Rangers tonight following a much needed three day rest. Veteran forwards Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux are among the Flyers who have emphasized the need to compete with pride regardless of the circumstances during the final 11 games this season.
The Flyers and Rangers will finish out their season series with back-to-back games at Madison Square Garden the next two nights. The two teams have split the first six games of the season series evenly to this point. The Rangers have outscored the Flyers by 12 in the respective games.
Record: 20-18-7 (43 points)
The need for the Flyers to play with pride and intensity amidst their dwindling playoff hopes is especially prevalent against the Rangers, a team that brutally embarrassed them in two ugly blowouts eight days apart in March.
Defenseman Sam Morin, one bright spot for Philadelphia in a frustrating season, showed the type of fight the Flyers needed in their most recent matchup against the Rangers on March 27. His spirited physical play was rewarded when he scored his first NHL goal, which proved to be the game winner.
Winger Wade Allison has hit the ground running in his first three NHL games. He has brought energy, especially with his strong forechecking style, as a young player looking to make an impression. He scored his first NHL goal on the power play on Saturday.
Center Nolan Patrick is expected to return to the lineup tonight. The heavily scrutinized former second overall pick has missed the last two games after being hit in the head by a shot in a scary moment during last Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Giroux – Couturier – Voracek
van Remisdyk – Laughton – Konecny
Farabee – Hayes – Allison
Lindblom – Patrick – Aube-Kubel
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Hagg
Gostisbehere – Myers
New York Rangers
Record: 23-17-6 (52 points)
The Rangers have managed to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, for the time being, in pursuit of the red hot Boston Bruins for the final East Division spot. They won four consecutive games against the New Jersey Devils before finally cooling off in a loss to the Islanders on Tuesday.
Center Mika Zibanejad has rebounded from a disappointing start to the season and become an instrumental element in the late season playoff push for Alain Vigneault’s former team. He has 15 points in six games against the Flyers this season.
Defenseman Adam Fox has also been at the center of New York’s offensive outbursts in the season series. The 22-year-old notched five assists in the Rangers 8-3 win in Philadelphia on March 25. Fox has a legitimate case for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in his second NHL season.
Kreider– Zibanejad – Buchnevich
Panarin – Strome – Blackwell
Lafrenière – Chytil- Kakko
Rooney – Howden – Kravtsov
Lindgren – Fox
Miller – Jones
Bitetto – Smith
Where, When, and How to Watch
Time: 7 PM EST
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia, ESPN+
Radio Broadcast: 97.5 The Fanatic
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