WATCH LIVE: Flyers at Rangers on Rivalry Night (8 p.m. ET)

Tonight, the Philadelphia Flyers will play at Madison Square Garden for the first time since the Rangers eliminated them in the opening round of last year’s playoffs. It promises to be an engaging Rivalry Night affair, though the Flyers will head into it minus the services of captain Claude Giroux (out with a reported ankle injury).


Relevant linkage for tonight’s contest:

NHL on NBCSN: Rangers host Flyers on Rivalry Night

Flyers summon top prospect Laughton

Giroux (ankle?) to miss a few ‘days,’ but probably not ‘weeks’

After rule clarification, Pronger to be eligible for Hall of Fame next year

Duclair: ‘I don’t have much to prove’ in junior

NHL on NBCSN: Rangers host Flyers on Rivalry Night


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the New York Rangers host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The last time the Philadelphia Flyers faced the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, New York knocked them out of the playoffs with a 2-1 win in Game 7 of a first-round series. Considering the Rangers’ long run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, it’s easy for some to forget how close they were to falling to Philly … but the Flyers probably haven’t forgotten.

Both proud franchises are stumbling a bit coming into “Rivalry Night.”

The Rangers are technically ahead of the Flyers in standings points (18 to 16), yet they’ve required two more games to get there; ultimately they’re both in the same spot.

The Rangers are on a three-game losing streak, including Monday’s 5-1 loss to former captain Ryan Callahan and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Most troubling is that New York only has one win in its last six games.

Things might not seem as dire for Philly – its current slump was preceded by three straight wins – yet the bottom line is that both teams have a lot of work to do at this point in the 2014-15 campaign.

In and out of the lineups

Wednesday serves to be a challenge for red-hot Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. He has three goals and seven points in the last five games, and with Claude Giroux on the shelf, Schenn is getting a shot at first-line duty between R.J. Umberger and Jakub Voracek.

Voracek’s been outrageous so far this season, with 26 points in 16 games. That ties him for the NHL scoring lead with Sidney Crosby, who has played in one extra contest this season.

There’s a chance that Andrew MacDonald and Luke Schenn may return to the mix for Philly tonight, although head coach Craig Berube seems to be betting against that.

With Henrik Lundqvist struggling mightily, perhaps Cam Talbot can right the ship much like he did early last season? He’s getting his first start in six games tonight.


Will either team start to get it together tonight? Maybe, maybe not … but it could be an especially hostile edition of “Rivalry Night.”

Flyers summon top prospect Laughton


The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they have called up Scott Laughton and sent Blair Jones to the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Laughton was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was in the running for a roster spot during training camp, but fell just short of making the team. Since then has six goals and 11 points in 13 AHL contests in 2014-15.

Jones, 28, has been primarily listed as a healthy scratch so far this season. He was placed on Nov. 4, but he wasn’t immediately sent to the minors after going unclaimed.

The Flyers have lost two straight contests and now have a 7-7-2 record in 2014-15. Earlier today it was revealed that Claude Giroux is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Giroux (ankle?) to miss a few ‘days,’ but probably not ‘weeks’


Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux suffered a lower-body injury yesterday at practice and will miss the Flyers’ game tomorrow against the Rangers, GM Ron Hextall announced today.

Giroux is also likely to miss Thursday’s contest versus Minnesota; however, Hextall estimates the recovery will be a matter of “days as opposed to weeks,” meaning a probable return to the lineup Saturday versus Columbus.

“I can’t give a definitive timeline, but we don’t expect it will be a long time,” said Hextall

CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio reported earlier in the day that Giroux may have hurt his ankle. It’s also been reported that Giroux was hit in the foot with a puck at practice.

Flyers’ Giroux being evaluated by doctors (Updated)


Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux is being evaluated by team doctors and is expected to miss a team season ticket event tonight the club announced.

Updated: According to the team, Giroux is “fine”.

He had an assist and a plus-1 rating in nearly 23 minutes of ice time during Saturday’s 6-3 Flyers loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Giroux has five goals and 21 points in 16 games this season.

Philadelphia is back in action on Wednesday when they visit the New York Rangers.