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Thursday, October 24th (All times Eastern)

New York Rangers (2-5-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (1-7-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of struggling division rivals meet Thursday in the City of Brotherly Love, as the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers in a Metropolitan Division clash at Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers and Rangers had a long-standing rivalry as members of the old Atlantic Division, but Thursday's contest is the first between the clubs since they joined the Metropolitan Division as part of the NHL's realignment plan for the 2013-14 season.

The Rangers won three of five meetings against the Flyers last season, but Philadelphia claimed two of the three encounters on its home ice. New York has won 11 of the past 13 overall matchups in this series.

The two rivals are currently occupying the bottom two spots in the division, as the 2-5-0 Rangers are two points ahead of the last-place Flyers, who are 1-7-0 and off to the worst start in franchise history.

Philadelphia has lost four straight in regulation since winning its only game of the season on Oct. 8 against visiting Florida. However, the Flyers enter Thursday's game well rested, having not played since last Thursday's 4-1 home setback against Pittsburgh.

Wayne Simmonds scored the only goal for Philadelphia in last Thursday's loss. As a team, the Flyers have managed only 11 goals this season. Steve Mason continued his solid play in net, making 31 stops for Philadelphia.

Philly hopes to get a boost Thursday from the probable return of forward Vincent Lecavalier, who has sat out the last three games with a lower-body issue. Lecavalier, a natural centerman, played right wing alongside centerman Claude Giroux at practice on Tuesday and he could take on that role if he's able to go Thursday against the Rangers.

"It was my first time in my career that I played the wing," Lecavalier told the Flyers official website after Tuesday's practice. "But, I'm really comfortable on the right side and I feel there are more plays I can do playing on the off wing. Playing with (Claude Giroux), he's a special player. He's a guy who can get you the puck. I thought things went well today."

Lecavalier, who signed a five-year deal with Philadelphia over the summer, has one goal and two assists in five games. Giroux has three assists, but has yet to score a goal in eight contests.

Flyers winger Scott Hartnell, who also has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, has been skating but is questionable for Thursday. Defenseman Kimmo Timonen (lower body) also is questionable for tonight.

Meanwhile, the Rangers, who are already missing captain Ryan Callahan (broken thumb) and top offensive weapon Rick Nash (concussion), will be forced to play without star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Thursday.

Lundqvist is suffering from an undisclosed injury and was coming off a poor performance in New York's last game, a 4-0 setback Saturday against New Jersey. The former Vezina Trophy winner allowed the Devils to score four goals on just 19 shots.

"I just need to come up with more saves and give the team a little more confidence," a dejected Lundqvist said after the loss to the Devils. "It's tough to get the game going as a team when you fall behind like that."

With Lundqvist's former backup Martin Biron having announced his retirement earlier this week, rookie goaltender Cam Talbot is expected to make his NHL debut on Thursday. Jason Missaien has been recalled from Hartford of the AHL to serve as Talbot's backup.

The Rangers are nearing the end of an epic, season-opening nine-game road trip. After tonight's tilt in Philadelphia, New York will head to Detroit on Saturday before finally playing its first game of the season at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden on Tuesday against Montreal.

10/24 10:51:12 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR