The Flyers are looking for their first win at Madison Square Garden since February 20, 2011. The Flyers will look a little different tonight at the Garden than in the past as the New York arena added more lights so hopefully there won’t be as many shadows on the ice. This will be the Flyers third straight game on the road and they will wrap up their four game road trip on Friday in Washington. Danny Briere leads all Flyers with 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points in 44 career games against the Rangers. Lifetime the Flyers are 115-109-37-7 against New York. On Sunday the Flyers had an issue getting pucks to the net as they had more shots blocked (26) than shots on net (25). It does not figure to get any easier as the Rangers are notorious for blocking shots with defensemen Dan Girardi (14) and Ryan McDonagh (12) both rank in the top 20 in the NHL in blocked shots.
Between the Pipes: Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov is playing a lot better than his record shows. He has not allowed more than four goals yet this year. Last Thursday against New York, Bryzgalov stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced for his first win of the season. He followed it up with an even stronger performance on Saturday when he stopped 30 of the 31 shots fired at him for a season high .968 save percentage. In his career against the Rangers, he is 2-5-0 with a 3.46 GAA and a .881 save percentage.
The Rangers are coming off of a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night so they should be nice and rested for tonight’s divisional battle. Tonight’s game is the middle game of a three game home-stand for New York. The Flyers opponents have scored eight goals on 21 opportunities in the Flyers four losses but they are only 1-for-8 in the Flyers’ two wins. The Rangers were 1-for-4 on the power play last Thursday. Rangers center Brad Richards leads New York in career points against the Flyers with nine goals and 29 assists for 38 points in 38 games.
Between the Pipes: Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist had his best game of the season against the Flyers last week as he stopped 31 of the Flyers 33 shots for a .939 save percentage. He is still a Vezina contender despite allowing at least two goals in each of his five starts this season. In 38 career games against the Flyers, Lundqvist is 22-11-3 with a 2.58 GAA and a .913 save percentage with four shutouts.
Puck drop is slated for 7:00 pm. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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