Flyers Battle to End Winless Streak Against the Rangers
The Flyers wrap up another three-game home stand today when they play host to the NY Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center for an afternoon game at 1:00 pm.
They enter the game four points behind the Rangers in the Atlantic Division standings, and have the second-highest points total in the Eastern Conference.
The Rangers have painstakingly won four games thus far. It’s the longest winless streak for the Flyers against the Rangers in 21 years. The last time the Flyers went six games against the Rangers without a win was Jan. 14 –Nov.13, 1990.
Claude Giroux enters today's game one point behindPittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin in the NHL scoring race. Giroux has 21 goals and 40 assists on the season for a total of 61 points. He has posted 28 points on the power play, which leads the league, and his 40 overall assists rank third in the NHL.
Scott Hartnell has 13 power play goals this season, which ties for the league lead. He has 26 goals on the season, four short of his career high of 30 for an entire season. This fan would appreciate another glove dropping 'tango' following a Hartnell goal and against the Rangers this is a definite possibility.
These two players, as well as the recently hot Brayden Schenn, Talbot and Simmonds hope to combine for a well overdue win against the Rangers--as I am sure the defense is hoping to maintain their most recent rebirth to their usual standard of play.
Jagr is due for an explosive game in the scoring department also, so it should be a great game to catch indeed. Also let us not forget that Briere recently returned to the Flyers line up and is also more than due to fire up his scoring gun.
Staring in goal this Saturday matinee will be Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers, with Bryz still out nursing the Flu.
All though this stat alone could prove for a different winning decision: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist comes in with a 1.50 GAA and .949 save percentage against the Orange and Black this season --along with his undefeated streak against them at 4-0; it may simply be time for the tables to turn for Philadelphia.
So Bob's work is cut out for him this afternoon, but he has also been in tighter playoff positions and did rather well. After his performance against the Leaf's Thursday evening, this fan is not wavering in the least. Bob sealed the first regulation win for the Flyers in a while and he is fully capable of doing so today.
I DO believe Bobrovsky is up to the challenge. A new chapter in an ancient rivalry is on and this is a match not to miss and is broadcasted on CSN, puck drops at 1:00 sharp.