The New York Rangers (5-3-2) and their high-volume offense host the Philadelphia Flyers (5-2-1) and their suffocating goaltending at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Philadelphia is playing their first of four games on the road coming off a 4-3 overtime loss against the Hurricanes on Saturday.
The Flyers committed five penalties in the game, though they held Carolina without a power play goal. Nicolas Deslauriers, Wade Allison, and Owen Tippett each scored once for the Flyers. Carter Hart only had 34 saves on 38 shots against (.894%) in the loss. New York is returning home for a five-game homestand after a 3-2 win over the Coyotes on Sunday.
Artemi Panarin, Alexis Lafreniere, and Mika Zibanejad scored one apiece for the Rangers. Panarin added two assists to lead the team in scoring. Igor Shesterkin surrendered two goals on 20 shots (.900%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Rangers won three of the four games between the teams last season, including a 4-0 victory in their final meeting in April. Kaapo Kakko (2G 0A), Jacob Trouba (0G 2A), and Barclay Goodrow (0G 2A) each had two points to lead New York. Alexandar Georgiev saved 28 shots to earn the shutout win.
Philadelphia is averaging 3.00 goals per game so far this season, 23rd in the NHL, and they are taking on a Rangers team that is allowing 3.00 goals a game (12th). Meanwhile, New York has found the net 3.10 times a game on average, 22nd in the league, and the Flyers are holding opponents to 2.62 goals per game (5th).
New York averages more shots (36.5) than most teams in the league, ranking fifth, though the team’s 8.5% shooting percentage is 28th. Philadelphia has proven to be one of the league’s better shot-stopping teams, ranking No. 2 with a team save percentage of .930%.
The Rangers’ 23.68% power play percentage ranks 12th in the league, while the Flyers are 16th with a conversion rate of 21.43%. In terms of penalty killing, Philadelphia has the league’s 14th-ranked PK% at 80.77%, while New York is 17th at 79.31%.
With 10 points this season, Kevin Hayes is the top skater for the Flyers. He is among the league leaders with nine assists (6th) and has added one goal of his own. In the net, Hart (5-0-1) is Philadelphia’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.31 GAA and a .938% save percentage. Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 16 points (3rd in the league).
He has five goals and 11 assists (2nd). Shesterkin (5-0-2) has the best goals against average for New York at 2.55. He has a save percentage of .913%.
HOME AND AWAY
Philadelphia is 2-1-0 away from home this season. New York has won three straight at Madison Square Garden this season.
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