The New York Rangers have performed well in the second half of back-to-backs, as well as games following a loss.
They’ll hope the same magic strikes again tonight, as they partake in a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown with the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (8 PM, NBCSN).
The Rangers (26-13-1) are not only coming off a loss, but also one of their most lifeless performances of the season, a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. The lone bright spot for the Rangers was a goal by Nick Holden, as they looked trapped in the year 2016 in their first match of the calendar year. The loss ended a three game winning streak for the Blueshirts.
The Flyers (20-14-5) are likewise coming off a defeat, falling to the Anaheim Ducks on the road in 4-3 fashion. Philadelphia made up a 3-1 second period deficit, thanks to goals by Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn, but fell in a shootout to the Ducks, as Corey Perry provided the game winner. The Flyers now return home following a four game road trip that they’re thankful to see end. The shootout point was the lone points Philadelphia earned, having gone 0-3-1.
This will be the second meeting between the Rangers and Flyers this season, the first also taking place at Wells Fargo Center, a 3-2 Rangers win on November 25. The Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead, courtesy of goals by Derek Stepan, Matt Puempel and Kevin Hayes. Philadelphia goals by Chris VandeVelde and Shayne Gostisbehere narrowed things in the third period, but Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves to ensure victory. Afterwards, the Flyers embarked on a 10 game winning streak.
The Rangers are currently 6-0-0 in the second half of back-to-backs, the last win being a 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey.