Preview: Flyers at Rangers (Game 59)

Updated: February 18, 2018 at 12:09 pm by Brady Trettenero

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.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: NBC

RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

PUCK DROP: 12:00 P.M.

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.

Projected Lines

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

Michal Neuvirth

Alex Lyon

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).

Projected Lines

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

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

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.

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