By Mary Cunningham
The Flyers have a tough task tonight at Madison Square Garden.
They are 11-12-3 on the road, and they draw a matchup with New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist as he tries to improve on his 17-3-2 home record. Lundqvist has won four straight and holds a .939 save percentage and 1.73 goals-against average in 12 starts since Jan. 11.
He is 2-0-1 against the Flyers this season with a .946 save percentage, and he can draw even with Chicago’s Corey Crawford and Washington’s Braden Holtby for the league lead in home victories.
The Rangers will continue on without Ryan McDonagh(concussion) and Rick Nash (left leg bruise), who have missed three and eight straight games, respectively. McDonagh practiced Saturday and is nearing a return, while coach Alain Vigneault said Nash would be shut down for at least another week.
New York has averaged a healthy 3.29 goals over the last seven games and will face Steve Mason, who made 41 saves Thursday against the Sabres. Mason has started each game against the Rangers this season, going 2-0-2 with a .951 save percentage.