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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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If Alain Vigneault can't work his magic with Flyers' roster, pressure mounts for Chuck Fletcher

If Alain Vigneault can't work his magic with Flyers' roster, pressure mounts for Chuck Fletcher

Chuck Fletcher was brought in because things weren't going well enough and quickly enough for the Flyers.

The predicament he inherited required eventual change.

After all, sitting alongside team president Paul Holmgren back in November, Comcast Spectacor chairman and CEO Dave Scott said the Flyers were eyeing a general manager with a "bias for action," among other qualities.

With time and evaluation, Fletcher has begun providing the desired action.

A new head coach is on board, bringing extensive experience and outside perspective, while two new assistants with strong pedigrees have been hired.

But perhaps the most influential part in shifting the Flyers' course has remained mostly intact: the roster. That could drastically change this upcoming offseason with free agency and potential trades. However, Fletcher, facing his first offseason as the Flyers' GM, doesn't see an exodus needed with the current roster — or at least not yet.

"The Flyers are a great opportunity. You guys are in this market, for me coming in from the outside, I know when Paul Holmgren approached me about being the general manager of the Flyers, I'm like, 'Wow.' This is a premium job in the National Hockey League and we're set up where we should have an opportunity to get better quickly," Fletcher said April 18. "I know we need more good players, but we have a lot of good players. It's not like you have to gut this thing — we have cap space, we have picks. We have really good staff, really good staff. On the scouting and management side, I've added one person, I haven't subtracted anything. There's a good group here and we have the ability to get better quickly if we all do our job."

Therein lies a poignant and undeniable pressure on Fletcher in Year 1 with the Flyers under Alain Vigneault's watch.

Aside from Wayne Simmonds, who became an inevitable piece to move given the circumstances, the Flyers' core has survived. So, too, has the overall makeup of the roster.

Fletcher, Vigneault and the Flyers believe this team can win with a refined system and different guidance. They don't exactly see a team that has missed the playoffs every other season since 2012-13, a stretch consisting of three first-round exits.

Will Fletcher add this summer? Of course — the ability to do so is one of the reasons why Vigneault found the Flyers as an attractive destination. When Fletcher was hiring Vigneault, the two established a list of areas in which the Flyers can improve.

"We're looking at some options and if we can put the right things in place," Vigneault said at his introduction, "it's going to be a lot of fun."

Significant subtraction was not featured on the list.

"There's some solid youth with a lot of upside here that is coming into its own," Vigneault said. "There's great goaltending, being one of those youth pieces. There's a solid core group that, in my mind, needs the right direction. And you've got the combination, also, of some solid veteran players that have been in the league a few years, that can still contribute at a high level in this league. … After discussing it with a lot of people that I respect their opinion in the NHL, I feel that the Flyers are a very good team that with the proper direction, proper mindset, proper culture and people working together, will be a very good team in the near future."

That's why Year 1 will be so telling.

Vigneault is a coach with a tremendous track record of winning during his first season on the job. He did so at three separate stops (see story). Michel Therrien has 38 postseason victories under his belt as a head coach and took a team to the Stanley Cup Final. Mike Yeo owns three playoff series victories as a head coach and has a ring as an assistant.

If this group can't produce the results with the Flyers' roster, Fletcher will have to take a longer, much more serious look at the players in place and make his hardest decisions yet.

At that point, it may be the only action left.

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule, live stream: More drama ahead for Sharks-Blues Western Conference Final?

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule, live stream: More drama ahead for Sharks-Blues Western Conference Final?

There has been a ton of drama only three games into the Western Conference Final between the Sharks and Blues.

Game 3 was won by the Sharks, 5-4, in overtime, but not without controversy. San Jose may have gotten away with a hand pass on the game-winning goal.

The series will shift one way or the other Friday night with Game 4.

Below is the schedule for Day 37 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues (SJS 2-1)
Game 4, Western Conference Final
8 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here