New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers: Pregame

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The New York Rangers (9-8-4, 22 points) face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers (8-10-3, 19 points) in a division match-up between two times trying to break into stride in the new season. The Flyers are coming off into the game on a two game losing streak, once to the New York Islanders and another to the Detroit Red Wings. The Rangers are coming off an emotional 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa on Wednesday. These two teams met once before, nine days ago at Madison Square Garden in what turned out to be a 2-0 victory for the home team. The Flyers look to avenge that loss but also to get back in the win column while the Rangers look to come out swinging and make up some lost ground for the number one spot in the division. Cam Talbot will get the start in goal for the Rangers, his last game was against the Flyers in the 2-0 just over a week ago.

Oh Captain My Captain

New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since November 1st, where he suffered an injury against the Winnipeg Jets. However according to multiple reports the Captain will make his way back into the line-up and John Moore will be the seventh defenseman who’s sitting out. McDonagh has three points in his 10 games played so far and while he can do much better than that everyone started the season off poorly so we can give McDonagh the benefit of the doubt. Also, with McDonagh’s return to the line-up this means for the first time all season we get to see a fully healthy Rangers line-up.

Mr One Thousand 

Martin St. Louis is two points away from his 1000th career National Hockey League point, and it’s a mark he could reach today against the Flyers. In 47 Career games against the Broadstreet Bullies, St. Louis has 59 points. If the Rangers can come out flying (ha) against their opponents today like they did in their last meeting, then St. Louis and his team should have no problem making a good day out of it.

Return To Full Strength 

Finally, everyone is healthy on the Rangers roster. Derek Stepan contributed immediately to the line-up upon his return, as he’s tallied eight points in his nine games back. Dan Boyle scored his first Ranger goal last game against Tampa Bay and it was on the power play, which has improved tremendously since Boyle came back. Now that McDonagh has returned the Rangers defense, which has been sub-par as of late can finally begin to work correctly with it’s number one defenseman, and team leader back.

Players to Watch

My Player to watch for the Rangers is St. Louis, as previously stated, he’s two points away from 1000 and I’d expect him to reach that milestone today. For the Flyers is Claude Giroux, he’s a world-class talent and he’s a player that the Rangers defensemen will have to keep an eye on.