Rick Nash is certainly keeping the faithful at Madison Square Garden on the edge of its seat. The offseason acquisition will look to extend his point streak to seven games when the New York Rangers host the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Nash scored a power-play goal in the third period and also converted in the shootout to send the Rangers to a 3-2 triumph over Buffalo on Sunday.
The victory was New York's second straight since it dropped four consecutive contests during Nash's absence with an undisclosed injury. Philadelphia has also won two straight - and five of its last seven - after posting a 2-1 victory over Ottawa on Saturday afternoon. The win capped a 3-2-0 homestand, but the Flyers are only 4-8-0 away from the City of Brotherly Love.
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ABOUT THE FLYERS (11-11-1): Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his 200th career victory with arguably his finest performance of the season. The Russian, who turned aside 33 shots versus Ottawa, has yielded three goals en route to splitting a pair of contests against New York this season (a 2-1 win on Jan. 24 and a 2-1 loss five days later). Wayne Simmonds has netted a pair of game-winning goals in as many outings - and has five tallies and four assists in his last seven contests. Simmonds has a goal and two assists in the teams' two meetings this season.
ABOUT THE RANGERS (10-8-2): Brad Richards was on the receiving end of a dirty hit from Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta, who was suspended for five games on Monday. Coach John Tortorella spoke for his absent player by saying, "He'll be fine" following Monday's practice. New York is 2-1-0 on its four-game homestand, but sits one point behind Philadelphia as the teams juggle for postseason positioning. Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 27 shots in the teams' last meeting to improve to 23-11-3 in his career versus the Flyers.
1. Philadelphia LW Harry Zolnierczyk will serve the first contest of his four-game suspension Tuesday. Zolnierczyk was handed the punishment after he left his feet to deliver a crushing blow to Ottawa D Mike Lundin.
2. Nash, who has three goals and six assists during his point streak, has seven points in nine career outings versus the Flyers.
3. Philadelphia RW Jakub Voracek picked up in March where he left off in February. Voracek scored against Ottawa after collecting seven goals and 14 assists in the 28-day month.
PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Flyers 1