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Flyers-Rangers: Game 35 Preview


(Photo: Kate Frese)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers suffered their first setback under Scott Gordon on Saturday night despite a solid effort and a lot of chances generated.

The team has one game left before getting a three-day break for the holidays. They travel to take on the New York Rangers.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P New York Rangers GP G A P
Claude Giroux 34 12 30 42 Mika Zibanejad 34 11 19 30
Jake Voracek 34 9 18 27 Kevin Hayes 34 10 19 29
Sean Couturier 32 14 12 26 Chris Kreider 34 16 8 24
Travis Konecny 34 9 12 21 Jimmy Vesey 34 9 10 19
Wayne Simmonds 34 10 5 15 Neal Pionk 32 5 14 19
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux 13 Kevin Hayes
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, -3 Last 5 Games: 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, -2
Sean Couturier was absent from the final five minutes of Thursday's game after a hit into the boards that went unpenalized. Couturier is going to play despite the hit and a visit to the quiet room. Couturier has been working well with new linemate Jake Voracek in the last two games, so watch that duo as they look to build more success after connecting for a goal in the last game. 
Seth Jones scored twice against the Flyers in the last meeting in Philadelphia, including getting the game-winner in overtime. Jones has been one of the top defensemen in the league in terms of offensive numbers and with Columbus on the power play, they will look to set him up for chances.
Goalie Matchup
30 Michal Neuvirth 30 Henrik Lundqvist
2 GP, 0-2-0, 6.14 GAA, .719 SV% 25 GP, 10-9-5, 2.87 GAA, .914 SV%

Michal Neuvirth is expected to get the start on the back end of a back-to-back against the Rangers. Neuvirth really struggled in his first two appearances this season, giving up nine goals in 88 minutes.

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start for the Rangers after getting Saturday off. Lundqvist has been playing better lately, making 30 saves or more in each of his last three games, but doesn't have a win since Dec. 8.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Brian Elliott, Anthony Stolarz, Corban Knight

Scratches: Jori Lehtera, Jordan Weal, Christian Folin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk 28 Claude Giroux 11 Travis Konecny
17 Wayne Simmonds 14 Sean Couturier 93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton 19 Nolan Patrick 12 Michael Raffl
23 Oskar Lindblom 44 Phil Varone 22 Dale Weise
9 Ivan Provorov 6 Travis Sanheim  
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 8 Robert Hagg  
47 Andrew MacDonald 3 Radko Gudas  
30 Michal Neuvirth    

Lineup Notes

No changes are expected to the lineup other than in goal. 

Rangers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Cody McLeod, Kevin Shattenkirk, Jesper Fast

Scratches: Fredrik Claesson 

Left Wing Center Right Wing
72 Filip Chytil 93 Mika Zibanejad 36 Mats Zuccarello
20 Chris Kreider 13 Kevin Hayes 89 Pavel Buchnevich
26 Jimmy Vesey 21 Brett Howden 90 Vladislav Namestnikov
24 Boo Nieves 50 Lias Andersson 16 Ryan Strome
18 Marc Staal 44 Neal Pionk  
42 Brendan Smith 77 Anthony DeAngelo  
76 Brady Skjei 54 Adam McQuaid  
30 Henrik Lundqvist    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (30th, 29th on road), Rangers (17th, 19th at home)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (28th, 28th on road), Rangers (25th, 7th at home) 
  • Recent History vs. Rangers
    • Jan. 16, 2018 - Rangers 5, Flyers 1 (at NYR)
    • Feb. 18, 2018 - Flyers 7, Rangers 4 (at NYR)
    • March 22, 2018 - Flyers 4, Rangers 3 (at PHI)
    • April 7, 2018 - Flyers 5, Rangers 0 (at PHI)
    • Nov. 23, 2018 - Flyers 4, Rangers 0 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Rangers
    • Claude Giroux - 50 GP, 10 G, 38 A, 48 P
    • Travis Konecny - 9 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 P
    • Jake Voracek - 36 GP, 13 G, 14 A, 27 P
    • Wayne Simmonds - 37 GP, 12 G, 11 A, 23 P
    • Michal Neuvirth - 9 GP, 1-5-0, 4.59 GAA, .856 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Wayne Simmonds needs three goals to reach 200 as a Flyer.
    • James van Riemsdyk needs two assists to reach 200 in his career.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic


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