If the Flyers are going to start hurdling Metropolitan Division teams as they make a push for the playoffs, then the Rangers are the next obstacle in their way.
The Flyers (20-23-6, 46 points) will look to extend their winning streak over the New York Rangers (21-20-7, 49 points) to six games — including three in a row at Madison Square Garden.
Short-term goals, let’s try and look at the teams right in front of us," interim head coach Scott Gordon said. "Teams that are two and three points ahead of us and let’s see if we can leapfrog them. Right now, we've just got to make sure we keep ourselves in the ballpark.
Let's take a look at Tuesday night's essentials.
• When: 7:30 p.m. ET
• Where: Madison Square Garden
• Broadcast: NBCSN
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• Last night’s 3-1 win over Winnipeg was the first time in calendar year 2019 the Flyers did not allow a third-period goal dating back to a Dec. 31 game at Carolina. In their previous 10 games (4-5-1), the Flyers had allowed 14 third-period goals.
It was also the first time the Flyers won a game in regulation without the “Core 4” (Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek) registering a single point. The last time the Flyers accomplished that was Dec. 3, 2016, in a 3-1 win over the Blackhawks.
Carter Hart became the fifth goalie in the past 20 years to win at least four consecutive starts prior to his 21st birthday. Former Flyer Steve Mason was the last in December 2008. Impressively, three of Mason’s wins during that streak were shutouts.
• Tonight’s game will mark Anthony Stolarz’s return to action after missing the previous six weeks with a lower-body injury that he suffered in Vancouver on Dec. 15.
Stolarz’s only start against the Rangers came at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2017, a 4-3 New York win.
Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher was quoted as saying Stolarz “played unbelievable” in his second rehab start, a 2-1 overtime loss last Tuesday to Wilkes-Barre in which he faced 46 shots.
• Giroux has been on a remarkable tear against the Blueshirts with 12 points over his last five games. The Flyers' captain has had a three-point night in four of those five games.
• The Flyers will be without defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere who suffered a lower-body injury prior to Monday’s game against the Jets. Gordon is hopeful Gostisbehere can play Thursday in Boston, but definitely Saturday at home against Edmonton.
• The Flyers will face another backup netminder as the Rangers will start 22-year-old Alexander Georgiev in their first game back from the All-Star break.
Georgiev is 6-8-0 with a 3.43 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage. His only career appearance against the Flyers came on March 22 last season when he stopped 32 of 36 shots in a 4-3 Flyers' overtime victory.
James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Nolan Patrick-Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl-Mikhail Vorobyev-Phil Varone
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
Andrew MacDonald-Christian Folin
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