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Flyers/Rangers Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers are now looking to end a three game losing streak. That hasn't been said since back in October, and the Flyers have not lost more than three games in a row all season. The concerning part is not necessarily the number of losses. It is the way the losses have occurred. Blown leads and weak third periods are never going to go over well.

The New York Rangers are an opponent similar to the Buffalo Sabres in a sense that they are trying to win games simply to make the playoffs. They currently sit at 7th in the east, but just one loss can easily change their position, so you can bet that they will come ready to play today.

Playing on back to back days could be the best thing for the Flyers. There's no time to dwell on Saturday's disappointing loss. It's back to work and another shot at breaking out of this funk. The Rangers have the benefit of a day off, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

Games against the Rangers are obviously very chippy. We all know what big rivals these two teams are. When you're playing an opponent that is a bitter rival, that's just more motivation to play harder. It seems as if the Flyers haven't gotten up to play their past few opponents. In all of their past three losses, the opposition has looked hungrier.

Saturday Jody Shelley and Daniel Carcillo were scratched. But if Carcillo is healthy, it would not be surprising to see him in lineup. He brings energy and a spark to the game that sometimes this team really needs. He has not played dumb hockey this season. For him to have a big impact in today's game would not come as shock.

We can also expect to see Brian Boucher between the pipes. Sergei Bobrovsky has started in the past two games. He has not been particularly bad in any way, but it would only make sense for Boucher to get the start. Pretty soon a number one guy will be named (not necessarily officially named), and with the way Peter Laviolette manages this team, a great game by Brian Boucher could lead us closer to that decision.

The Flyers just played the Rangers two weeks ago on Hockey Day in America. They defeated the Rangers 4-2. Here are the highlights from that game:

Players to Watch:
1) Brian Boucher
2) Mike Richards
3) Claude Giroux