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Flyers at Rangers: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Rangers: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

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. 

Projected lineup

Forwards
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

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
Andrew MacDonald-Christian Folin

Goalies
Anthony Stolarz
Carter Hart

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NHL players post messages to spark dialogue on racial injustice following death of George Floyd

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NHL players post messages to spark dialogue on racial injustice following death of George Floyd

NHL players are not always the most active on social media. They're down-to-earth athletes, seldom saying look at me or hear what I have to say.

That's completely understandable.

Many, though, have posted messages amid the protests across the United States following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd was killed in police custody after Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the 46-year-old black man's neck.

Current and former players shared powerful messages about recognizing the issue of racism and racial injustice — and challenging everyone to come together to make strides in solving the problem.

The messages are important. Listening is also important. Whether somebody sent out a message or not, let's hope reading, listening, discussing and acting can all spark change.

Below are some of the messages from across the league:

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Flyers, James van Riemsdyk release statements amid Philadelphia protests following George Floyd's death

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Flyers, James van Riemsdyk release statements amid Philadelphia protests following George Floyd's death

Updated: 5:50 p.m.

In late March, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher opened a conference call with an acknowledgement and a message of gratitude for those working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I just wanted to mention that before we started talking about the small piece of the world that I work in which is ice hockey," Fletcher said then.

Hockey didn't feel in the realm of importance to the world's current events at the time. Right now, it doesn't come close to the magnitude of the country's current events.

Fletcher and the Flyers respectfully postponed the general manager's scheduled media availability for Monday in light of what has transpired following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd was killed in police custody after Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the 46-year-old black man's neck.

Starting on Saturday, joining others across the United States, protests focused on racial injustice began in Philadelphia and continued through Monday.

The Flyers released the following statement Tuesday morning via their Twitter account:

We don't have the answers, but this much we know ...

We believe in racial equality without exception, and our hearts are broken.

For Philadelphia and the nation, we join the chorus calling for justice, the elimination of systemic racism, unity and peace.

James van Riemsdyk, the Flyers' NHLPA representative who lives in Minnesota and is from Middletown, New Jersey, shared a message on his Instagram account Tuesday night.

Below is the latest from the NHL:

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