The 2016 NHL Entry draft was a huge success for the New York Rangers, as they selected forwards Jakob Silfverberg, Nikita Zaitsev, and Jack Eichel in the first round, as well as defenceman Zemgus Girgensons and forwards Travis Zajac and Jaden Schwartz in the second round.
They followed with forwards Dylan Larkin and Alexander Nylander in the third round, defenceman Brad Marchand in the fourth round, and goalie Connor Hellebuyck in the fifth round.
In the first half of the season, the Rangers have been the best team in the league in terms of scoring and penalty kill efficiency.
They are currently in first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 10-3-1, while the Flyers are in last place in their division with a 14-10-1 record.
The top line of Eicherenberg, Zaitselv and Zajacs has been dominant, as the trio has posted 16 goals and 25 assists for a total of 54 points.
Eichel and Zaitsen are the leaders on the team in goals and points, and the two forwards have been a constant threat to score, as evidenced by the top six goals and the top four points each.
However, the Flyers have been much better on the power play, as Eicheren has been a major reason why the team is second in the NHL in power play goals, with four.
Zaitsevs has been the second leading scorer on the defence, while Larkin has been second in points, as he has nine points.
The defence has been very solid as well, as forwards Marlies winger Travis Konecny and defenceman Michael Del Zotto have been among the best on the squad.
With the top two forwards in the League in points and goals, the defensive unit has been one of the best units in the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers are now a perfect 10-0-0 in the last 13 games, and their record is 12-4-1 overall.