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The Rangers are in Philly tonight to take on the Flyers for the fourth and final time this season. The Rangers have taken two games (1/29: 2-1, 3/5: 4-2) and dropped one (1/24: 2-1) so far, and a win tonight would seal the season series with the Flyers. It would also help the Rangers in playoff positioning, as they need every point they can get.
As we’ve discussed before, Peter Laviolette throws two different forechecking looks at the opposition. The first look is the 2-1-2 forecheck, and once the Flyers get a lead, they tend to switch to a more conservative 2-3 left wing lock. Both systems send two forecheckers into the zone, but the 2-3 leaves three guys back, while the 2-1-2 sends an additional forechecker around the blue line and leaves two guys back.
In their own zone, the Flyers play a low zone collapse, which is similar to the Rangers. This creates a logjam in the high-priced real estate, but gives some leeway at the point for puck movement.
On special teams, the Flyers play an umbrella powerplay (like most NHL teams) and a diamond penalty kill.
For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.
2012-2013 Records: Flyers (13-16-2), Rangers (15-13-3)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (10-15-25)
PHI Leading Scorer: Jakub Voracek (13-19-32)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (27 GP, 2.21 GAA, .921 SV%)
PHI Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (25 GP, 2.79 GAA, .900 SV%)
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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed):
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
J.T. Miller-Brian Boyle-Marian Gaborik
Arron Asham-Darroll Powe-Taylor Pyatt
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Anton Stralman-Roman Hamrlik
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Kris Newbury (healthy)
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7:30 pm
Torts’ post-practice interview from Monday:
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Per Steve Zipay, the Rangers are reportedly one of the top two teams contending for NCAA free agent Connor Allen out of UMass. In his 99 game NCAA career (through his junior year), the 6’1, 203 lb defenseman has a scoring line of 14-25-39. Allen, a native of Chicago is rumored to be down to the Rangers and Predators as his final two teams.
The Rangers, who are thin on defensive...
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In case you missed it, the Rangers re-signed Mats Zuccarello, who will likely join the club within the week. Zuccarello will bring some stability and scoring to the bottom-six, something that is desperately needed. The addition of Zuccarello will lead to some lineup changes. When all the pieces fall into place, the odd-man out is not who you might think it...
Per several reports, the Rangers have re-signed forward Mats Zuccarello to a one-year contract through the end of the season. Zuccarello will be given a one-way deal, and the organization will reevaluate Zuccarello at the end of the season. The Hobbit adds much-needed scoring depth to the bottom-six, and will hopefully jump-start the third line, which is in desperate need of scoring...
With Halpern going to the Canadiens and Bickel going to the Connecticut Whale, forward additions were inevitable. It appears that the long-rumored reunion with Mats Zuccarello will be one of them.
According to Aftonbladet, Zuccarello and the Rangers have agreed on a contract. The article quotes Zuccarello's Swedish agent, Erik Ryman, as saying that the 25-year-old Norwegian...
Whether you’re a lifelong fan of 40 years or a relative hockey/Rangers rookie we all have a that one common interest , the New York Rangers. However , why are we all Rangers ? Each fan has a background with this team that is unique and special to them. I would like to share mine [...]
TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to begin a three-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-13-3 (33 pts). The [...]
As ESPN hockey scribe Katie Strang reported last night, it appears that Mats Zuccarello will be returning to the New York Rangers.
The Blueshirts clearly need some offense and while Zuccarello is not exactly a Steven Stamkos or someone who can put the puck in the net on a consistent basis, he is someone that can create scoring chances with his speed, his willingness to go the net...
Pic courtesy of Blueshirts United
The New York Rangers (15-13-3) visit the Philadelphia Flyers (13-16-2) at the Wells Fargo Center starting at 7:30 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
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TV: MSG; Radio: Bloomberg Radio (1130 AM), XM 215
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In the game of hockey you never want to get down early. Unfortunately for the Rangers, they're making a habit out of it this season as they've now given up the first goal in 20 of their 31 games.
And once they're down, they haven't shown a great deal of resiliency as they were only able to comeback and win seven of those 20 games.
Some of the players addressed...
The Flyers are falling faster than Joan Rivers face.
I'm absolutely shocked Laviolette still has a job. The players are even speaking SIGN language to him.
But since the Flyers seems to love our players and prospects, and the Kings have done so well collecting former Flyers, maybe they would like to take a "flier" on a few more? (did you see what I did there...
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The overall math is simple. The Flyers are almost guaranteed a playoff spot with an 11-4-2 run in their final 17 games. A mark of 11-5-1 will give them a strong chance. They have a prayer at 9-4-4 or 10-5-2. And they're toast at 9-5-3 or worse. This season, it's not necessarily about the Flyers' overall record...
The New York Rangers (16-13-3) defeated the Philadelphia Flyers (13-17-2) by the score of 5-2, tonight. For a box score, click here.
...is there any chance the Rangers can just play the Flyers for the rest of the season? In all seriousness, those are two huge points with games in Ottawa and Montreal looming.
...amazing what a little confidence can do for a team. Get the first...
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
The Flyers played without emotion and dropped a 5-2 decision, slipping into 14th place in the 15-team Eastern Conference, seven points behind the Rangers, who sit in the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Flyers should have played each shift with desperation because their playoff lives are hanging by a thread.
Instead, they showed...
Dayton won't be intimidated by Kentucky and its ''40 minutes of dread.''
After all, the two teams played a closed scrimmage in the preseason and the Flyers hung tough with the Wildcats.
Yet that game was in October and both teams have improved since then. They will play Tuesday night in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament with a trip to the Bridgeport...