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Game Thread: Rangers vs Flyers

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Rangers hockey is back

New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

The All-Star break is over and the New York Rangers are back in action tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are 20-23-6 this season, which puts them three points behind the Rangers and New York has a game in hand. Of course, the Flyers weren’t expected to be this far outside of the playoff hunt before the 2018-19 season began. Things have not gone according to plan in Philadelphia.

The Flyers are 9-13-3 on the road. Claude Giroux is their top scorer at 5-on-5 with 34 points (26 primary) in 49 games this year.

Pavel Buchnevich is a healthy scratch for the Rangers tonight. David Quinn has decided to dress seven defensemen tonight, including Brendan Smith and Neal Pionk. Mats Zucarello is also out tonight with a foot infection, but is expected to be good to go on Thursday.

Starting with tonight’s game, the Rangers will be playing every-other-day for the next eight games.

Please treat this as your open thread for tonight’s game.