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The Rangers entered the first meeting
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A few weeks ago Authentic Mats Zuccarello Jersey , the Pittsburgh Penguins sat in last place in the Eastern Conference. On Saturday, they face the team that replaced them in that spot.A 3-1-2 stretch has lifted Pittsburgh (10-9-5) a couple rungs out of last place and the Philadelphia Flyers (10-12-2) have fallen into last, thanks to losing six of their past seven games, going into the teams’ meeting at PPG Paints Arena.Things are bad enough with the Flyers that they fired general manager Ron Hextall earlier this week, and that leaves the future of coach Dave Hakstol in question. Not to mention personnel changes.Article continues below ...“Our job is to win, and right now we’re not doing that,” Philadelphia center Sean Couturier told the Burlington County Times. “A (possible) trade or whatever is part of the business.“We have to turn the switch on. We’re still pretty confident in this group. We have some talent. We have some skill. It’s about going out there and proving it.”This is the first meeting of the season between the longtime bitter and cross-state rivals, and their first game since the Penguins ousted the Flyers in the first round of the playoffs last spring.Given the nature of the rivalry, Pittsburgh isn’t counting on a down-and-out opponent.“We obviously know they have really good players, high-end players,” Penguins winger Jake Guentzel Mika Zibanejad Jersey , who had 13 points in six games in the opening-round win last spring, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.“They’re a good team. We know it’s going to be an emotional game, a rivalry game. We have to expect their best and have our best.”Pittsburgh could get feisty winger Patric Hornqvist back. He has missed three games because of a concussion.Hornqvist returned to practice Friday.“I was back out there, and I felt good,” Hornqvist said. “It’s heading in the right direction.”He had four goals and eight points in five games before he got hurt.Both clubs have had some trouble with the goaltending spot, particularly Philadelphia, which has used five goalies this season for a combined .879 save percentage, worst in the NHL, and a 3.58 goals-against average.De facto starter Brian Elliott is expected to miss another week or so because of a lower-body injury.Michal Neuvirth has played just one game because of injuries, but he could return from a groin injury to start against the Penguins.Like Couturier, Neuvirth wonders if Hextall’s firing is just a first step.“If you don’t start winning games Womens Pavel Buchnevich Jersey , more changes are going to come,” he said.Pittsburgh is without No. 1 goalie Matt Murray, who went on injured reserve on Thanksgiving and is out “longer term,” according to coach Mike Sullivan, because of a lower-body injury.Before his injury, Murray, a two-time Stanley Cup winner, was struggling. He has a 4.08 goals-against average and an .877 save percentage.Sullivan said the Penguins have a time frame in mind for Murray’s return, but he declined to reveal it.Young goaltenders Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry are filling in for Murray. It appears DeSmith will get the larger share of the work, and he is expected to start against the Flyers. NEW YORK — A month ago, the New York Rangers visited the Philadelphia Flyers and played one of their worst games of the season. The dismal showing ended nearly a month of strong play and sent the Rangers into their current mediocre play.Since the last meeting Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey , neither team has racked up wins on a consistent basis and the division rivals will be seeking to rebound from tough losses Sunday night when the Flyers visit the Rangers.On Nov. 23, the Flyers began the season series by getting 31 saves from Calvin Pickard and three assists from Claude Giroux in a 4-0 win. Those showings helped Philadelphia reach NHL .500 at 10-10-2, but since then the Flyers are 4-5-2 in their last 11 games.Article continues below ...After Philadelphia was outscored 9-2 in Edmonton and Vancouver last weekend, coach Dave Hakstol was shown the door and replaced by Scott Gordon.Philadelphia won its first two games under Gordon by one goal over Detroit and Nashville but fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday afternoon.Carter Hart made his third straight start but struggled for the first time by being unable to control rebounds while allowing four goals on 19 shots.The Flyers lost for the first time under Gordon on a day when they had 37 shots on goal.“As I said to the players after the game, with the exception of the plays on the goals, we played a game where we certainly had our fair share of chances, we limited the amount of opportunities,” Gordon said. “We should go to New York feeling confident about our game. I think we’ve had a level of consistency in the three games to know that we’re starting to build some momentum as to how we want to play.”James Van Riemsdyk had a goal and assist, and Phil Varone and Sean Courtier also scored for the Flyers, who open a five-game trip trying to halt a four-game road losing streak.“If we play a lot more games like that, we’ll win more than we lose Bobby Ryan Jersey ,” Varone said.The Rangers entered the first meeting during a 9-3-1 surge. The loss in Philadelphia started 3-6-4 slide that has seen New York allow 47 goals.New York’s slump continued with a 5-3 loss Saturday night in a visit to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Rangers headed into the third period in a 1-1 tie but allowed two goals in the first 5:26 of the thir
  
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