Having ended a four-game winning streak with a heavy defeat at the Islanders, the New York Rangers (5th in East Division) return home to face the Philadelphia Flyers (6th in the East), who have won just three of their last 11 outings.
Flyers Get Edged By IslesThe Philadelphia Flyers (20-18-7) recorded their fourth defeat in the last five contests (1-3-1), losing for the second time in a row (0-1-1) following a 1-0 overtime defeat to the New York Islanders at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. The Flyers failed to convert on their only power-play opportunity, but outshot the visitors 30-28, won 60% of all the face-offs and killed both of their penalties, eventually allowing the the only snipe of the contest at 2:23 of the extra session after a pass by the Isles went into Philadelphia’s net off the stick of Travis Sanheim (2 goals, 12 points this year). Philly has won just three of its last 11 overall games (3-5-3).
Goalie Brian Elliott stopped 27 shots on Sunday and has now gone 11-6-2 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.93 GAA and a .892 save percentage. He has registered a 5-9-1 career record against the New York Rangers with a 3.18 GAA and a .881 save percentage. The Flyers, meanwhile, are scoring the 14th lowest quantity of goals per game this season (2.80), while conceding the 2nd highest amount on the defensive end (3.51). The team is 20th in power play with a 19.3% success rate and 2nd from the bottom in penalty kill with 73.7% efficiency.
Rangers Snap Winning RunA four-game winning streak came to an end for the New York Rangers (23-17-6), who were battered with a count of 6-1 by the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday. The Blueshirts were outshot just by two attempts (28-26), but won just 35% of all the face-offs, killed two of their three penalties and went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage, ultimately scoring just once through Kevin Rooney (7 goals, 12 points this year), who cut it to 3-1 midway through the game before the Islanders tallied three unanswered markers in the final third. The Rangers are 8-2-2 in their last 12 overall fixtures.
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Goalie Igor Shesterkin stopped 22 shots on Tuesday to take his current performance total to 13-10-3 for the season with a 2.43 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He has posted a 1-2-0 past tally against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 3.06 GAA and a .925 save percentage. The Rangers, meanwhile, are netting the 6th highest quantity of goals per game this year (3.28), while giving up the 11th lowest amount in their defensive zone (2.65). The team is 14th in power play with a 20.5% conversion rate and 4th best in penalty kill with 84.7% proficiency.
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It seems just a matter of time until the Flyers will be officially eliminated from contention to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, while the Rangers are still very much battling for the 4th postseason spot with the Boston Bruins, trailing them by six points, but having already played two extra games. Having plenty of motivation to fight for a win and boasting an excellent recent home record (6-1-0), New York is the obvious choice here! Still, don’t count the sorry Flyers out just yet! Philadelphia has been an utter nuisance for the Rangers when visiting Manhattan, banking five victories on the last six trips. Besides, Philly has also followed up two straight defeats with a win on eight of the last nine occasions this season. So, do beware the underdogs on Thursday!
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Four of the previous five head-to-head matchups between the Rangers and the Flyers have all cruised past the six-goal barrier, posting an average of no less than nine (!!!) strikes per encounter. So, expecting another high-scoring clash between the pair on Thursday is definitely a pretty decent proposition! Three of the past five overall contests of Philadelphia have already delivered at least seven tallies on the scoresheet, averaging eight markers per game, while seven of the most recent eight domestic fixtures of the Blueshirts have all been rich in goals, recording an average of 8.71 snipes per game.