The Rangers (6-6-1) went 6-2 against the Flyers (8-4-0) last season, but the teams split four meetings at Madison Square Garden.
New York is 4-1-0 on its current homestand following a lackluster 2-5-1 overall start. That included a four-game losing streak prior to their extended stretch at Madison Square Garden, with the lone loss in those five games a 4-1 defeat against Toronto on Oct. 27.
The Rangers, who are three points behind first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic, extended their season-high winning streak to three games Saturday, when the struggling Petr Prucha netted the lone shootout goal in a 2-1 win over New Jersey.
“I know that I wasn’t scoring much this season, but I feel good on the ice and I didn’t lose my confidence,” said Prucha, who also assisted on Scott Gomez’s first-period goal. “I knew what I wanted to do in the shootout and I did it.”
New York hopes Prucha can build on the performance in order to turn around a sluggish start, which includes only one goal and three points. His lone goal came in a season-opening 5-2 win over Florida on Oct. 4 after he had 22 in 2006-07.
The Czech left wing has three goals and four points in the last three meetings with the Flyers.
Gomez also hopes to get back on track after recording points in his last two contests. The center, who signed a seven-year, $51.5 million contract with New York in the offseason, had 10 points in eight games with New Jersey against Philadelphia last season to give him 34 points in 41 career matchups.
Henrik Lundqvist, who had 28 saves against the Devils, is 4-1-0 with a 0.99 goals-against average and two shutouts during the homestand. He is 46-19-8 with a 2.02 GAA and nine shutouts in 73 career home games.
Lundqvist recorded one of his nine home shutouts against the Flyers, a 17-save effort in a 5-0 victory March 21.
The Flyers, meanwhile, are 2-3 on a current eight-game road trip after a 3-2 win at Washington on Friday. Mike Richards netted the go-ahead goal in the second period after receiving 12 stitches in and around his nose following a fight with Brooks Laich.
“We play the game hard, but within the rules,” Richards said. “Other than a couple of minor blips, we just try and outwork the teams. We play a hitting style, a checking style where we try to turn pucks over. I don’t think it’s ‘Bullies.”’
Richards is on a three-game goal-scoring streak and has netted six goals and nine points in his last eight games, giving him eight goals and 14 points overall. The center’s terrific play has left him two goals shy of his 2006-07 total and three from his career high of 11 established as a rookie in 2005-06.
The 22-year-old Richards, though, is pointless in his last eight games versus the Rangers.
Philadelphia concludes its road trip against a pair of Atlantic Division rivals this week. The Flyers will play at Pittsburgh on Wednesday and New Jersey on Thursday.