Flyers – Rangers: Game 22 Preview

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(Kate Frese/Sports Talk Philly)

By Bill Minchin, Sports Talk Philly Writer

 

The Philadelphia Flyers (9-9-3) return home after a two game Florida road swing to take on Henrik Lunqvist and the first place New York Rangers (14-6-1). This is the first of four meetings between the boys from Broad Street and the Broadway Blueshirts.  Game time is 1:00pm

 
The Flyers will look to bounce back from another failed attempt to hold a third period lead. Philadelphia let a 2-1 advantage slip away in the closing minutes of Wednesday night's affair in Tampa allowing three goals in the final six minutes.

 
Flyers Leaders GP G A P Rangers Leaders GP G A P
Wayne Simmonds 21 10 8 18 Kevin Hayes 21 9 9 18
Jake Voracek 21 7 10 17 J.T. Miller 21 8 10 18
Claude Giroux 21 4 13 17 Michael Grabner 21 12 4 16
Brayden Schenn 18 3 10 13 Mats Zuccarello 21 7 8 15
Travis Konecny 21 4 8 12 Mika Zibanejad 19 5 10 15
 
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux 40 Michael Grabner
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, Even Last 5 Games: 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, +4
 
Claude Giroux has hit a wall lately in terms of point production. The Flyers captain has just one assist in his last five games and will need to step up if the team is going put together an extened winning streak. Toda will not be easy as the top line will most likely see the defense pair of Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi.
 
Michael Grabner has seemed to get a renewed bounce in his step since coming to the Rangers. Grabner is one of the fastest players in the league and is dangerous every time he touches the puck. 
 
Goalie Matchup
35 Steve Mason 30 Henrik Lunqvist
5-7-3, 3.04 GAA, .893 SV% 9-6-1, 2.46 GAA, .911 SV%

Steve Mason is between the pipes yet again for the Flyers. Mason played two really good games in Florida this week. The third period collapse on Wednesday was more on the defense in front of him as it was his fault. With that, Mason will need to be stellar for the Flyers to win today.

The Rangers will counter with Henrik Lunqvist. Lundqvist has returned to form this season after an up and down 2015-16 campaign. It is no secret that as the Rangers goalie goes so do the Rangers. 

Flyers Projected Lineup

Scratches: Roman Lyubimov, Nick Schultz, Andrew MacDonald, Boyd Gordon, Michal Neuvirth, Sean Couturier

Left Wing Center Right Wing
10 Brayden Schenn 28 Claude Giroux 93 Jake Voracek
11 Travis Konecny 25 Nick Cousins 17 Wayne Simmonds
12 Michael Raffl 78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 24 Matt Read
76 Chris VandeVelde 21 Scott Laughton 22 Dale Weise
Defense    
15 Michael Del Zotto 53 Shayne Gostisbehere  
23 Brandon Manning 3 Radko Gudas  
9 Ivan Provorov 32 Mark Streit  
Goalie    
35 Steve Mason    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (2nd, 6th at home), Rangers (7th, 4th on road)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (23rd, 19th at home), Rangers (5th, 3rd on road) 
  • .Milestone Watch
    • Claude Giroux needs two points to move into 10th all-time in Flyers history, passing Simon Gagne.