At a glance: Though their playoff hopes are bleak, the Flyers haven’t given up yet. Coming off a 7-3 rout of the Northeast Division-leading Montreal Canadiens on Monday, the Flyers return home to host the 8th place New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. The Blueshirts have put together two straight wins to remain among the top eight in the Eastern Conference standings. Most recently, they edged the New York Islanders in a 1-0 overtime win against their division rivals on Saturday. They’ll look to strengthen their hold on a playoff spot against another bitter divisional foe on Tuesday.
Holding court: Henrik Lundqvist has been living up to his nickname as the “King” of the Rangers squad. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has surrendered two goals or fewer in 12 of the last 13 games played with an 8-3-2 record, 1.66 goals against average and .941 save percentage during that span. Lundqvist is 25-11-3 in 41 career games against the Flyers.
Paying tribute: There will be both a moment of silence and a tribute video before Tuesday’s Flyers-Rangers game to recognize those affected, including the first responders, in Monday’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon. The moment of silence and video will be followed by a performance of “God Bless America.” The bombing killed three people and injured over a hundred others. In wake of the tragedy, the NHL postponed Monday’s Bruins-Senators game at Boston’s TD Garden.
Hatty for Hartnell: Held off the scoresheet in eight consecutive games, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell ended his skid with a hat trick against the Habs on Monday night, a performance that allowed the Flyers to snap a four-game slide. Hartnell now has seven goals and 10 points on the season.
Stepan up: Third-year center Derek Stepan has put up impressive numbers against the Flyers in his young career. The 22-year-old pivot has five goals and 17 points in 16 career games against Philly. The last time Stepan was in town? He led the team with a terrific four-point effortin a 5-2 win March 26th.
Good track record: Heading into the fifth and final meeting of the two clubs this season, the Rangers are looking to improve their already-dominant record against Philly. Dating back to a 7-0 win at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2011, the Rangers have won 11 of their last 12 games against the Flyers.