Series (Game 1 of 6)

New York leads 6-0

Game 1: Saturday, November 26th
Game 2: Friday, December 23rd
Game 3: Monday, January 2nd
Game 4: Sunday, February 5th
Game 5: Saturday, February 11th
Game 6: Tuesday, April 3rd

Flyers 0

(13-7-3, 29 pts)

Rangers 2

(12-5-3, 27 pts)

Coverage: NHL

2:00 PM ET, November 26, 2011

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
PHI 0 0 00
NYR 0 1 12

H. Lundqvist (Rangers - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: 1.000

B. Richards (Rangers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

B. Prust (Rangers - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Flyers-Rangers Preview


The New York Rangers broke out of their scoring slump in a big way.

Scoring in bunches has been commonplace for them at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers go for their first six-game home winning streak since the 1996-97 season on Saturday when they renew their Atlantic Division rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers, who are off to their best road start in 18 years.

After outscoring opponents 26-11 during a season-best seven-game winning streak from Oct. 31-Nov. 15, New York (11-5-3) scored one total goal in a pair of losses prior to Friday's 6-3 victory at Washington.

Ruslan Fedotenko notched his second and third goals of 2011-12, Ryan Callahan doubled his season assist output with a career-high three and the Rangers capped off their four-game road stretch with their highest scoring game since a 6-3 victory over Montreal on March 18.

"They allowed themselves to play tonight," coach John Tortorella said. "It was a much more fluid game for us."

The Rangers will look to keep their offensive surge going at MSG, where they have outscored opponents 19-7 during their longest undefeated run there since a five-game stretch Oct. 29-Nov. 8, 2007.

New York last won six in a row on home ice from Dec. 16, 1996-Jan. 4, 1997.

Philadelphia (13-6-3), though, opens its four-game trip with a 7-2-1 road record. It is the Flyers' best start away from home since opening 7-3-0 in 1993-94.

In its last visit, Philadelphia suffered a season-high fourth consecutive loss and was denied a sixth straight win in this matchup with a 7-0 loss on March 6.

Callahan set career highs in that contest with four goals and five points, while Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to help the Rangers end a season-worst four-game skid on home ice.

If Lundqvist makes a third consecutive start Saturday, he should be prepared to face Claude Giroux. The Flyers center is among the league leaders with 29 points after scoring twice in Friday's 3-1 win over Montreal.

Through 22 contests, Giroux has more than half as many goals (13) as he did (25) in 82 games in 2010-11.

"This year he's really spread his wings," coach Peter Laviolette said of Giroux, who posted team highs with seven assists and eight points as Philadelphia won four of six from New York last season. "He's consistently one of the top forwards in the game."

The Flyers will need Giroux to keep attacking the net after learning Friday that left wing James van Riemsdyk could be out for a week or more with an upper-body injury.

Keeping newcomer Ilya Bryzgalov on the bench for a second straight game might be a good idea after Flyers second-year netminder Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 23 of 24 shots Friday to improve to 5-1-1.

"He was sharp, handled the puck well and gave us an opportunity to win," Laviolette said.

In his only career appearance visiting the Rangers, Bobrovsky surrendered three goals on 18 shots as a second-period replacement on March 6.

Flyers captain Chris Pronger is questionable after missing the last three games with a virus, while former Ranger Jaromir Jagr is expected to be out for the fourth time in five games due to a lower-body injury.

Callahan leads the Rangers with four goals and six points during their home winning streak.