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Hockey in New York and Edmonton

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(AP) — It’s a very light schedule in the NHL with just two games on tap.

The Philadelphia Flyers visit the New York Rangers in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

The Flyers have dropped two straight and four of their last seven to fall to 7-7-2. Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (YAH’-kuhb VOHR’-ah-chehk) is among the league leaders with 19 assists and 26 points, while teammate Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) has 21 points.

The Rangers are in a 1-3-2 skid and have lost their last three games, two coming in shootouts. Rick Nash leads the team with 12 goals and 19 points, but he was a minus-3 while going scoreless in Monday’s 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

The other NHL game has Edmonton hosting the surprising Vancouver Canucks. The Oilers have been wildly inconsistent this season, reeling off winning streaks of four and two games, while posting losing skids of five, four and their current three-game dry spell. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle (EB’-ur-lee) share the Oilers’ lead with 13 points, which hasn’t been enough offense for a team that’s allowed a whopping 60 goals.

The Canucks have won eight of their last 11 to improve to 12-6-0. Ryan Miller is 11-3-0 with a 2.65 goals-against average since signing a free-agent deal with the Canucks over the summer.


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