Game Preview: Rangers at Flyers

By: David Kolb

NEW YORK RANGERS (26-13-1) @ PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (20-14-5)

BROAD STREET BATTLE

Tonight the Rangers head down I-95 to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers. This game will serve as the second of four meetings between the Blueshirts and Flyers, and the second in Philadelphia as the two teams last battled on Nov. 25 in a contest that saw the Rangers record a 3-2 win. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 40 shots, while Kevin Hayes, Matt Puempel, and Derek Stepan each lit-the-lamp, helping the Rangers edge their Metropolitan Division rivals.

HOLDEN HIS OWN

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Rangers’ defenseman Nick Holden scored the only goal Tuesday in the Blueshirts’ 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Holden has been one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL over the past two weeks, collecting four goals with an assist in his past five games. He has been one of the Rangers most pleasant surprises this season as well, as he enters tonight’s game with eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 40 games.

MASON IN NET

Goalie Steve Mason will get the start tonight for the Flyers. He’s 14-12-5 this season with a 2.78 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. However, Mason is 0-3-1 in his past four starts. Mason dropped a 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday and is 0-1-0 against the Rangers this season, suffering the 3-2 loss in November.

MORE MILLER TIME

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J.T. Miller extended his point-streak to three games on Tuesday, gaining an assist on Holden’s goal against the Sabres. Miller now has three goals and two assists during this streak. He has 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points on the season, including an assist over the Flyers in their last meeting.

BIG THREE

The Rangers will look to contain the Flyers “big three” tonight as the trio are doing their part for the Flyers. Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux each have already crossed the 30-point plateau. Voracek has 35 points, while Simmonds and Giroux each have 32 in 39 games played.