NHL on NBC: Rangers vs. Flyers in a Thanksgiving Showdown

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NBC will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center at 1 pm ET today. In addition to NBC, you can also watch the game online.

Leftovers, impulse shopping and hockey. Black Friday presents quite the combination of joyous indulgences, especially if you tune in to the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

The Rangers won the first meeting of the season between these two teams, as Cam Talbot pitched a shutout in a 2-0 contest. This begins a home-and-home, back-to-back set between rival franchises who really need to get their acts together.

That’s especially true since each squad eyes a rough scheduling stretch and deals with a bumpy month of November overall.

New York dropped a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a night of conflicted feelings for Martin St. Louis. The Flyers were so frustrated by their 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings that they held a players-only meeting after the game.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall addressed some of his own concerns with the team, as CSNPhilly.com reports.

“We played really well for two periods and very poorly for one period,” Hextall said. “Is that trying? Is that frustration because we play well the first period and come out down a goal? That’s a thing we have to overcome as a group and respond to adversity.”

Both the Rangers and Flyers shouldn’t lack for opportunities to prove they can deal with adversity going forward.

Two hot scorers go toe-to-toe

Former Columbus Blue Jackets first-rounders rank high on the list of players to watch on Friday. Philly’s Jakub Voracek ranks second in the league in scoring with 30 points. New York’s Rick Nash is tied with Steven Stamkos for second place in goals with 15, and he’s done so in two fewer games.

With St. Louis and Claude Giroux among the mix (among others), there should be plenty of star power on hand to make for a captivating afternoon game.

Cam Talbot looks to give the Rangers a spark in net while the Flyers will likely go with Steve Mason instead of Ray Emery (keep an eye on goalie nods to make sure, though).

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Today’s game kicks off an important home-and-home set for both teams, who need to make every game count after sluggish starts.

Lightning spoil St. Louis’ return to Tampa Bay

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Ryan Callahan scored twice and Steven Stamkos added a goal and two assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the New York Rangers 4-3 Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay improved to 13-0-0 when Callahan scores this season.

“I think he’s pretty excited to play these games and prove to a lot of people how good of a player he really is,” said Callahan’s former teammate, Henrik Lundqvist.

Nikita Kucherov had the other Tampa goal.

The game marked Martin St. Louis’ return to Tampa Bay where he spent 13 seasons winning a Stanley Cup in 2004.

During a TV time out in the first period, the Lightning paid tribute to St. Louis with this video montage:

St. Louis got a mix of cheers and boos throughout the night.

“I was very flattered by the ovation and I wanted to give them the proper thank you,” said St. Louis. “The boos are expected, I understand that, they care, they are great fans and they care.”

Mats Zuccarello, Dan Boyle and Rick Nash had the Rangers goals. Lundqvist made 25 saves in the loss.

Ben Bishop improved to 13-3-2 with a 16 save performance.

Video: Nash with a high hit on Palat

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Rick Nash hit Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat with a high hit late in the first period Wednesday night.

Nash was assessed a minor penalty for high sticking and a minor penalty for roughing on the play.

Palat was able to get to the bench on his own.

Ryan Callahan tied the game 2-2 on the ensuing power play.

Report: Perron could be headed to Columbus

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On Sunday afternoon it was reported Oilers forward David Perron’s name has surfaced in trade talk.

It appears the Oilers may have found a taker.

TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting that the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers have had discussions on a trade, which would see Perron head to Ohio in exchange for center Artem Anisimov.

As Ward points out, both John Davidson and Jarmo Kekelainen were with the St. Louis organization when the Blues selected Perron.

Perron, 26, was the Blues’ first-round pick (26th overall) in 2007. He has 30 goals and 67 points in 99 games since joining the Oilers in a July 2013 trade, which saw Edmonton send Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round pick to St. Louis.

Anisimov, 26, was the Rangers second-round pick (54th overall) in 2006. The center was dealt by New York to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade during the 2011-12 season. Anisimov has two goals and six points in 14 games this season.

Nash, Talbot lead Rangers over the Flyers

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Kevin Klein and Rick Nash had the New York goals as the Rangers avoided going four straight without a win blanking the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 Wednesday night.

Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the shutout.

The Rangers held the Flyers to under 10 shots in each of the first two periods.

Post-game both Flyers head coach Craig Berube and GM Ron Hextall were heard voicing their displeasure over a lack of pushback.

Philadelphia has now lost three straight while being out-scored by a 12-6 margin.

Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who was expected to miss the game due to a suspected ankle injury, played nearly 26 minutes registering four shots on goal. Philadelphia defenseman Michael Del Zotto left the game early in the third period with an undisclosed injury.

Steve Mason, who was run over by teammate Braydon Coburn in the final minute of the second period, made 32 saves while seeing his record drop to 3-6-1 on the season.