It can't possibly get much worse. After a 9-0 loss last week, the Flyers somehow found a way to repeat that performance on Thursday, falling behind 6-0 early in the second on their way to an 8-3 loss.

The Rangers are back at Wells Fargo Center again on Saturday afternoon to take on the Flyers again, with the Flyers desperately needing to do something to turn their season around or face some significant consequences of a lost season.

Game time is at 1 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPNew York RangersGPGAP
James van Riemsdyk32131831Pavel Buchnevich31131831
Joel Farabee31141327Ryan Strome32111930
Jake Voracek2952025Artemi Panarin2182129
Claude Giroux3081725Mika Zibanejad32101626
Kevin Hayes32101323Adam Fox3132326

Players To Watch 3-27

Once again, a game like Thursday's warrants a response from the team in some way. Even if change is necessary, even if this season can't be saved, at least show you have a pulse and care a little bit about the result. Claude Giroux needs to lead the way on that front.

Not to pick the same guy twice in a row, but Mika Zibanejad had two games for the ages against the Flyers in the last eight days. There's no reason to think he can't somewhat repeat that on Saturday, given his six goals and 12 points over two games, helping to fuel a stretch of 15 points in his last five.

Goalie Matchup 3-27

Brian Elliott finished off Thursday's game in relief and only allowed three goals instead of four like the last time the two teams met. Elliott will get the chance to go in goal and be the last line of defense against what the Flyers hope isn't another barrage of Rangers chances.

Igor Shesterkin was certainly able to get back into a rhythm with a 41-save performance in Thursday's game. Despite allowing three goals, he was very solid and figures to be a key piece for the Rangers down the stretch. He gets right back in goal on Saturday.

Projected Lineups

Flyers Line Combos 3-27

Flyers Scratches: Morgan Frost (injury), Robert Hagg (injured), Erik Gustafsson (healthy)

Opponent Line Combos 3-27

Rangers Scratches: Brett Howden (COVID protocol), Phillip Di Giuseppe (healthy)

Lineup Notes

  • Flyers: Aside from the change in goal, no other changes are expected to the Flyers lineup.
  • Rangers: The Rangers will also use the same lineup as the previous game on Saturday.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-15th), Rangers (25th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (28th), Rangers (5th)
  • Recent History vs. Rangers
    • Feb. 18, 2021 - Rangers 3, Flyers 2 (F/SO) (at PHI)
    • Feb. 24, 2021 - Flyers 4, Rangers 3 (at PHI)
    • March 15, 2021 - Flyers 5, Rangers 4 (F/OT) (at NYR)
    • March 17, 2021 - Rangers 9, Flyers 0 (at NYR)
    • March 25, 2021 - Rangers 8, Flyers 3 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Rangers
    • Joel Farabee - 6 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 P
    • Kevin Hayes - 8 GP, 5 G, 3 A, 8 P
    • Claude Giroux - 60 GP, 14 G, 43 A, 57 P
    • Jake Voracek - 45 GP, 14 G, 25 A, 39 P
    • Brian Elliott - 15 GP, 4-9-1, 3.35 GAA, .875 SV%

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.3 ESPN

Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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