NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, February 15th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (29-16-9) at New York Rangers (30-20-6), 12:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of Atlantic Division rivals will meet for the first
time since early October when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the New York
Rangers for an afternoon clash at Madison Square Garden.
The clubs last met on October 11 in Philadelphia in what was the first game of
the season for the Flyers and the fourth test for New York. The Rangers
recorded a 4-3 victory in that meeting to win for the eighth time in the last
11 matchups with Philly.
The Flyers have won two of their last three games at the Garden.
Philadelphia comes into today's game with a one-point lead over the Rangers
for second place in the Atlantic as well as the fourth seed in the Eastern
Conference standings. The Flyers have 67 points on the season and New York is
tied with Montreal for the conference's fifth spot.
The Rangers have lost six of their last seven games, but have picked up points
in each of their last two outings, going 1-0-1 in those tests.
New York was dealt a shootout loss in its last game Friday evening in Florida.
Richard Zednik scored the lone shootout goal, providing the Panthers with a
2-1 win over the Rangers at BankAtlantic Center.
Henrik Lundqvist had a spectacular performance for the Rangers with 42 saves,
including 13 during the third period, but fell to 1-3-2 in his last six
starts. Fredrik Sjostrom scored in the first period for the Rangers.
New York is 17-8-3 as the host this year and have won three of their last four
The Flyers have won three of their last four games and are coming off
Saturday's blowout win over the New York Islanders. Scott Hartnell was one of
five different goal scorers, as Philadelphia defeated the Islanders, 5-1, at
the Wachovia Center.
Matt Carle, Claude Giroux, Simon Gagne and Arron Asham also scored for the
With Antero Niittymaki the latest player to be bitten by the stubborn flu bug,
Martin Biron started between the pipes for Philadelphia, looking to snap a
personal four-game losing streak. Biron made 38 saves to earn his first win
since January 10 and extend his winning streak over the Islanders to 10
Biron will also get the start today and will be backed up by Scott Munroe.
The Flyers are just 13-9-6 as the guest this year, but have won two straight
and three of their last four road tests.
02/15 10:33:36 ET