What could possibly be better for a winless hockey team than to face a team that outright owned and embarrassed them a year ago? Six times the Flyers played the Rangers. Six times they lost. They probably should have paid John Tortorella's club rent money for their locker stalls at Madison Square Garden during visits there. Tonight the 0-3 Flyers get a tired Rangers club in a back-to-back situation at Wells Fargo Center, following Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win against the visiting Boston Bruins. Given the current state of the Flyers, this might just be the perfect tonic Peter Laviolette's club needs to snap out of its early-season slump. Then again, the Flyers won't have Scott Hartnell (left foot injury) or Brayden Schenn (suspension). The Flyers need new captain Claude Giroux now more than ever. "It's a big game for us ... we've got to stay with it and show up [tonight]," Giroux said. "I'm just worried about [this] game." The Rangers so far aren't much better than the Flyers, with a 1-2 record while goalie Henrik Lundqvist has a whopping 4.03 goals against average and terrible .877 save percentage? Food for thought. "They got the best of us for sure, last year," Laviolette said. "Certainly, we'd like to fix that. Every year, things change. We need to get back on track, whether it's the Rangers, the Devils or Penguins or Bruins.
Shorthanded Flyers prep for 'must-win' vs. Rangers
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