NEW YORK -- A month ago, the New York Rangers visited the Philadelphia Flyers and played one of their worst games of the season. The dismal showing ended nearly a month of strong play and sent the Rangers into their current mediocre play.
Since the last meeting, neither team has racked up wins on a consistent basis and the division rivals will be seeking to rebound from tough losses Sunday night when the Flyers visit the Rangers.
On Nov. 23, the Flyers began the season series by getting 31 saves from Calvin Pickard and three assists from Claude Giroux in a 4-0 win. Those showings helped Philadelphia reach NHL .500 at 10-10-2, but since then the Flyers are 4-5-2 in their last 11 games.
After Philadelphia was outscored 9-2 in Edmonton and Vancouver last weekend, coach Dave Hakstol was shown the door and replaced by Scott Gordon.
Philadelphia won its first two games under Gordon by one goal over Detroit and Nashville but fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday afternoon.
Carter Hart made his third straight start but struggled for the first time by being unable to control rebounds while allowing four goals on 19 shots.
The Flyers lost for the first time under Gordon on a day when they had 37 shots on goal.
"As I said to the players after the game, with the exception of the plays on the goals, we played a game where we certainly had our fair share of chances, we limited the amount of opportunities," Gordon said. "We should go to New York feeling confident about our game. I think we've had a level of consistency in the three games to know that we're starting to build some momentum as to how we want to play."
James Van Riemsdyk had a goal and assist, and Phil Varone and Sean Courtier also scored for the Flyers, who open a five-game trip trying to halt a four-game road losing streak. >> Read More
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