7:06 pm
December 23

Flyers @ Rangers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Philadelphia Flyers (14-16-4)

@ New York Rangers (15-14-5)


Starting Goalies:

Michal Neuvirth (PHI): Likely

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): Unconfirmed


Current odds:

Philadelphia Flyers: (+100)

New York Rangers: (-120)


 A day after suffering their first loss since Scott Gordon replaced Dave Hakstol as coach, the Philadelphia Flyers will try to get back on the winning track when they visit the New York Rangers on Sunday. Rookie goaltender Carter Hart led the way as the Flyers won Gordon’s first two games at the helm, but they could not take advantage of a 37-19 advantage in shots on Saturday as they dropped a 4-3 decision to Columbus. Philadelphia has won four straight meetings with the Rangers, posting shutouts in the last two matchups – including a 4-0 home triumph on Nov. 23 behind recently departed netminder Calvin Pickard.

• New York has lost nine of its last 12 games (3-6-3) after falling 5-3 in Toronto on Saturday despite receiving a goal and an assist from defenseman Neal Pionk, who raised his season total to 19 points. The Rangers have been one of the best home teams in the league this season, going 11-4-3 while earning at least one point in 12 of the last 13 contests (9-1-3).

• Captain Claude Giroux, who leads the team with 42 points after notching an assist against the Blue Jackets, Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny each notched three points against the Rangers last month. Jakub Voracek registered his 600th career point on Saturday with an assist and is second on the team in scoring (27 points) while Couturier has recorded eight of his 26 points in eight games this month. Hart has stopped 66-of-75 shots over his first three NHL starts, but Gordon told reporters he had not made a decision on his starter for Sunday’s contest.

• Kevin Hayes is riding a six-game point streak during which he has recorded five goals and seven assists to push his season total to 29 points – one behind team leader Mika Zibanejad. Chris Kreider scored his club-high 16th goal on Saturday and Jimmy Vesey notched an assist to give him seven points in his last eight contests. Henrik Lundqvist (10-9-5, 2.87 goals-against average, .914 save percentage) likely will make the last start before the holiday break after being rested for two games in favor of backup Alexandar Georgiev (5-5-0).

• New York D Brady Skjei, who played in his 200th NHL game on Saturday, has recorded two of his 11 points in the last three contests.

• The Flyers scored on the power play Saturday for just the second time in 14 games (2-for-35).

• The Rangers are 7-for-7 on the penalty kill over their last two games after giving up eight power-play goals in their previous six contests.

StreakSmarter Pick
New York Rangers