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Flyers-Rangers: Game 50 Preview

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(Photo: Kate Frese)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers returned from the bye on Monday and picked up where they left off with a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. It's just the beginning of a very busy week for the Flyers, as they prepare to play their second of four games on Tuesday night.

The Flyers hit the road and face the New York Rangers, who make their return from the All-Star break.

Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P New York Rangers GP G A P
Claude Giroux 49 14 38 52 Mika Zibanejad 48 17 27 44
Sean Couturier 47 19 20 39 Chris Kreider 48 22 15 37
Jake Voracek 49 11 28 39 Kevin Hayes 39 10 23 33
Travis Konecny 49 13 15 28 Mats Zuccarello 35 8 16 24
Wayne Simmonds 49 15 8 23 Jimmy Vesey 47 11 13 24
 
Player to Watch
25 James van Riemsdyk 20 Chris Kreider
Last 5 Games: 6 G, 1 A, 7 P, +1 Last 5 Games: 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, +3
 
With another goal on Monday night, James van Riemsdyk now has seven goals in the last six games, continuing his excellent stretch over the last few games. 
 
Chris Kreider has been solid for the Rangers all season, leading the team with 22 goals. He has two goals and five points in the last five games and scored when the Flyers last faced the Rangers on Dec. 23.
 
Goalie Matchup
41 Anthony Stolarz 40 Alexandar Georgiev
9 GP, 2-3-2, 3.90 GAA, .880 SV% 16 GP, 6-8-0, 3.43 GAA, .895 SV%

Anthony Stolarz gets his first start since Dec. 15 when he exited with an injury in a loss to Vancouver. Stolarz has lost his last four starts dating back to Dec. 8.

Alexandar Georgiev last played on Jan. 12 and 13, getting back-to-back starts. After making 24 saves on 25 shots in a win over the Islanders on Jan. 12, he allowed seven goals to Columbus in a loss on Jan. 13.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Shayne Gostisbehere, Michal Neuvirth, Brian Elliott, Corban Knight

Scratches: Jori Lehtera

Left Wing Center Right Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk 28 Claude Giroux 11 Travis Konecny
23 Oskar Lindblom 14 Sean Couturier 93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton 19 Nolan Patrick 17 Wayne Simmonds
44 Phil Varone 44 Phil Varone 12 Michael Raffl
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 6 Travis Sanheim  
26 Christian Folin 47 Andrew MacDonald  
8 Robert Hagg 3 Radko Gudas  
Goalie    
41 Anthony Stolarz    

Lineup Notes

Shayne Gostisbehere was a late scratch with a lower-body injury on Monday. He will also miss Tuesday's game, so expect the same lineup as Monday night.

Rangers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Neal Pionk, Fredrik Claesson, Mats Zuccarello

Scratches: Marek Mazanec 

Left Wing Center Right Wing
20 Chris Kreider 93 Mika Zibanejad 21 Brett Howden
26 Jimmy Vesey 13 Kevin Hayes 90 Vladislav Namestnikov
72 Filip Chytil 16 Ryan Strome 17 Jesper Fast
8 Cody McLeod 24 Boo Nieves 89 Pavel Buchnevich
Defense    
18 Marc Staal 77 Tony DeAngelo  
76 Brady Skjei 54 Adam McQuaid  
42 Brendan Smith 22 Kevin Shattenkirk  
Goalie    
40 Alexandar Georgiev    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-29th, 31st on road), Rangers (T-13th, 13th at home)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (28th, 26th on road), Rangers (26th, 19th at home) 
  • Recent History vs. Rangers
    • Nov. 23, 2018 - Flyers 4, Rangers 0 (at PHI)
    • Dec. 23, 2018 - Flyers 3, Rangers 2 (F/SO) (at NYR)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Rangers
    • Claude Giroux - 51 GP, 10 G, 38 A, 48 P
    • Travis Konecny - 10 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 P
    • Jake Voracek - 37 GP, 13 G, 15 A, 28 P
    • Anthony Stolarz - 1 GP, 0-1-0, 4.18 GAA, .833 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Radko Gudas needs two points to reach 100 for his career.

Where to Watch
TV: NBCSN
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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