Rangers set to take on Flyers, await Patrick Kane’s arrival
Longtime Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane will be wearing a new uniform for the first time in his decorated NHL career Thursday when the New York Rangers host the Ottawa Senators.
The Rangers acquired Kane and Cooper Zech from Chicago in exchange for Andy Welinski, a conditional 2023 second-round pick and a 2025 fourth-round pick. The Arizona Coyotes were also involved in the deal, acquiring a 2025 conditional third-round pick from New York.
A three-time Stanley Cup champion, Kane has recorded 1,225 points (446 goals, 779 assists) in 1,161 career games since being selected by the Blackhawks with the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2016 and will be reunited with former Chicago teammate Artemi Panarin in New York.
Tonight, they take on the Philadelphia Flyers a look to build odd a gutsy performance on Sunday.
Here’s tonight’s game and broadcast info:
New York Rangers (34-17-9) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (23-28-10)
Date/Time: March 1, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET
Arena: Wells Fargo Center
TV: TNT, MSG2
Radio: ESPN 1050
New York Rangers take on Flyers
In the Rangers’ last outing, a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, defenseman K’Andre Miller received a match penalty and was ejected late in the first period for spitting in the face of Drew Doughty.
Miller, who released an apologetic statement on Twitter, received a three-game suspension from the league Tuesday and will be unavailable against Philadelphia.
When Miller was ejected, the Rangers rallied and played one of their best games of the season.
“Typical and routine if you’re a mite hockey player,” defenseman Adam Fox said. “But it almost makes it easier to play and keep it simple when you know you’re going to be on every other shift.”
The Rangers had dropped four in a row before the three-goal win over the Kings. The defense tightened, the offense produced timely goals and Igor Shesterkin made a number of stellar saves.
Now the Rangers will look to maintain this positive momentum as the trade deadline nears.
“I remember last year we had a slump a couple of weeks before the deadline,” New York center Mika Zibanejad said. “And we talked about not waiting to see what was going to happen. It’s the same here. We can’t wait and I don’t think we have been waiting. We wanted to turn this around as quickly as possible.”
Just down I-95, the Flyers are coping with a much different situation.
Outspoken coach John Tortorella was brutally honest about the state of the team Monday. After stating that the Flyers weren’t making the playoffs this season, he added that they would be sellers at the trade deadline.
And Tortorella didn’t stop there.
“Next year is going to be a grind, too,” he said. “This is a process. It’s going to take time.”
The Flyers have dropped 11 of their last 14. In their last game, the Flyers were embarrassed in a 7-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
Ahead of the trade deadline Friday at 3 p.m. ET, James van Riemsdyk is likely to be dealt. Kevin Hayes, the team’s lone All-Star, is also a possibility to be traded.
With leading scorer Travis Konecny out with an upper-body injury, wins could be scarce. The Flyers are 1-6-2 without Konecny this season. Philadelphia is already missing key players such as Sean Couturier and Ryan Ellis.
Ryan Lindgren remains day-to-day and the head coach would not commit to his availability for tonight’s contest.
“I don’t want to say for sure, but he’s day-to-day,” Gallant said. “The trainers tell me. I get a sheet after practice and it says day-to-day.”
Yesterday, the Rangers recalled Braden Schneider and sent down Ryan Carpenter.
The Rangers will play a back-to-back set and the goaltenders are expected to split. No word on who will get the start as of this morning.
Update: Igor Shesterkin will start
–Field Level Media
–Forever Blueshirts contributed to this article