The Flyers are seeking a fifth straight road win when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
The Flyers are coming off a 2-1 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday and are tied with the New Jersey Devils for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Rangers have lost three straight and are five points behind the New York Islanders for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
New York is 3-10-0 in its past 13 games, but has defeated Philadelphia in seven of the past eight games.
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LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Things have been going well for the Flyers, so there aren’t any expected changes from the last game.
Goaltender Brian Elliott remains on the shelf and GM Ron Hextall is indicating the Flyers will be riding a Michal Neuvirth/ Alex Lyon combination in net the rest of the way.
Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Travis Konecny
Jakub Voracek — Nolan Patrick — Wayne Simmonds
Jordan Weal — Scott Laughton — Michael Raffl
Jori Lehtera — Valtteri Filppula — Dale Weise
Ivan Provorov — Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg — Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning — Radko Gudas
New York: Rangers Line Combinations
Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers after he was pulled in the third period of a 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
The Rangers are currently dealing with a variety of injuries, including Chris Kreider (blood clot), Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Marc Staal (cervical strain), Ondrej Pavelec (knee), Ryan McDonagh (upper body), and Steven Kampfer (hand).
Rick Nash — Mika Zibanejad — Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey — Kevin Hayes — Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner — J.T. Miller — Jesper Fast
Paul Carey — Peter Holland — David Desharnais
Brady Skjei — Neal Pionk
Nick Holden — Tony DeAngelo
John Gilmour — Ryan Sproul
Three Storylines to Watch
The goaltending matchup doesn’t bode well for the Flyers. Michal Neuvirth will likely be the starter for Philadelphia and is 1-5-0 against the Rangers in his career with a 4.34 goals-against average and .862 save percentage. Henrik Lundqvist is the expected starter for the Rangers and has a all-time 35-14-4 record against the Flyers to go with a 2.37 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.
Travis Konecny always seems to come to play when the Flyers play the Rangers. This is a crucial divisional matchup with points on the line and look for the pesky forward to play a role. Konecny has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his past 14 games.
Rick Nash loves playing the Flyers and is on the verge of a milestone. The power forward is just two points away from 800 for his NHL career (433 goals, 365 assists).
The Puck drops at noon.