- Katie Strang, ESPN.com
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PHILADELPHIA -– At a glance: Winless in the past two games, the Rangers set out on a three-game road trip that starts Tuesday with a match against the Philadelphia Flyers.
While the Rangers are currently in eighth place in the East with 33 points, the Flyers are still trying to claw their way back into playoff contention after a disappointing start to the season. The Rangers have won 10 of the past 11 games against their division rivals, which includes a series sweep last season. New York's Henrik Lundqvist will face Philadelphia’s Ilya Bryzgalov in goal.
Tough test: With only three points in their last seven games, the Rangers' upcoming three-game swing is crucial if they are to remain in the playoff race. Following Tuesday's game in Philly, the Rangers play two tough opponents: the stubborn Senators in Ottawa on Thursday and the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday night.
Struggling to score: The Rangers' lack of goal-scoring has been glaring, as the team ranks dead-last in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the league with an average of 2.26 goals per game. Only Columbus has fewer, although not by much. The Blue Jackets have managed only 2.22 goals per game.
New arrivals: The Rangers are in the process of finalizing plans to bring in forwards Mats Zuccarello and Jesper Fast from overseas. Both players are expected to travel to North America on Wednesday, barring any unforeseen changes. Zuccarello, who played for the Rangers from 2010 to 2012, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $700,000 (pro-rated), although he is waiting for his official release from the Kontinental Hockey League.
Game-time decision: Rookie forward J.T. Miller, who sat out Sunday's game with an injured wrist, is a game-time decision, coach John Tortorella told reporters at the Rangers morning skate Tuesday.
No Briere: The Flyers will be without Danny Briere. The veteran center is out indefinitely with a concussion sustained in practice on Saturday. The Flyers recalled Tye McGinn, who is expected to play on the team's top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann (lower-body) has also been ruled out for the game.