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2012-2013 Records: Flyers (2-4), Rangers (2-3)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
PHI Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (2-2-2)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (5 GP, 3.14 GAA, .893 SV%)
PHI Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (5 GP, 2.22 GAA, .923 SV%)
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Benn Ferriero
Mike Rupp-Jeff Halpern-Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
Stu Bickel-Anton Stralman
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Chris Kreider (ankle), Steve Eminger (healthy)
Preview: The Flyers have struggled out of the gate and they are one of many teams looking to find consistency in this abbreviated season. They followed up their victory over the Rangers last week with an absolute destruction of the Florida Panthers, whom they beat 7-1. One night later they got lit up in Tampa 5-1.
Other than their dominant win over the Panthers, the Flyers have given up at least one goal on the penalty kill every game this season. The Rangers need to capitalize on this and start banging away pucks on those 5-on-4s and 5-on-3s. Though, I’m confident the Rangers can turn around their PP misfortunes. I mean hey, even the Red Wings and Kings can’t score on the PP. It’s still early.
As for the Flyers on ice strategy, Laviolette throws two different looks at the opposition. The first look is the 2-1-2 forecheck, which the Rangers utilize as well. This is an aggressive system designed to create pressure below the dots and cause turnovers down low.
Once the Flyers get a lead, they tend to switch to a more conservative 2-3 left wing lock. This system also sends two forecheckers into the zone, but the third forward sits back with the defense up high. This ensures protection against odd man rushes, but also provides some pressure to create turnovers. Since the two teams play a similar system, the Rangers need their defensemen to time their pinches well and keep the puck in Philadelphia’s endzone.
Fun Fact: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette addresses his team in the locker room after each game. John Tortorella does not.
Crazy Thought: It’s a power play goal!
Opposition Blog: Flyers Fan Central
BEST OF MAXIM
According to Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants, Torts juggled the line combos today at practice with both his even strength and power play units. Gross reported the following line combos:
Should these lines stay in tact, it appears Hagelin is moving up the second line and Pyatt is going back to the...
The Rangers could be looking at some time without one of their best players.
Captain Ryan Callahan suffered what appeared to be a pretty painful left arm injury Tuesday night in the third period of New York’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Callahan took exception to a little extracurricular activity from Philly’s Max Talbot around the Rangers net, and the two ended up...
The Rangers have not given an update on the status of the injury Callahan suffered tonight.
By the looks of it, is appears to be a shoulder injury.
Talbot on Callahan incident: "We decided to go and we were holding each other up and his shoulder popped out or something. Unfortunate."
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) January 30, 2013
Per Bob McKenzie, captain Ryan Callahan is out 10-14 days with a shoulder subluxation, which means that Cally’s shoulder popped out of its socket real fast, then settled back in. This could have been a lot worse, but the Rangers will definitely miss Cally while he is out for those two weeks.
While he’s out, expect Carl Hagelin and Taylor Pyatt to get a lot of time with Derek Stepan.
Rick Nash has 1 goal on 26 shots. As well as he has played, and it has been very, very well, that's somewhat of a problem.
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) January 30, 2013
Nash has five assists and is a +5.
...you know what's strange, until I saw this tweet I didn't even notice. His game is so complete, he's been helping the Rangers win (see his five assists...
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Image courtesy of MSG. (Ryan Callahan left the game with an apparent shoulder injury)
If you watched the game, you know the Flyers lost this game. The Rangers played a strong game, but they certainly didn't win the game, we lost it. The Flyers again were unable to capitalize on their power plays, and they get the loss.
The Flyers went 1 for 6 on the PP tonight, they are now...
(Ed Note: This article appears courtesy our friends at Bloguin's national NHL site Puck Drunk Love.)
Just when you thought the “While The Men Watch” controversy was over, it turns out it’s not.
On their official fan blog entitled “Blueshirts United,” the New York Rangers published an article Friday entitled “A Girl’s Guide to Watching the Rangers” (Note...
The New York Rangers appear to be back on track after a poor start to the season. The opposite has been true for the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose sudden dropoff after a solid opening has them searching for answers.
The Rangers, though, will try to begin making do without captain Ryan Callahan as they look to stop a pair of losing streaks against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
The Philadelphia Flyers have never been an organization known for its patience with losing. The historical tendency when the team gets off to a very slow start has been to make major changes; whether it is a significant trade and/or a coaching change.
In the wake of last night's frustrating 2-1 loss in New York and 2-5-0 start to the 48-game regular season, there seem to...
The Rangers are blessed with the King but shouldn’t assume he’s around forever.
The Rangers are in an enviable situation with Henrik Lundqvist manning their net at an age where he can continue playing at a high level for a long time behind what should be a contender for several seasons. The immediate future in net is bright, but those who think the club should sit back and...
Image courtesy of @banditcasey
The Flyers have had some bad powerplay numbers in my lifetime, most of them were due to the fact that they simply do not shoot the puck. Since I began watching Flyers hockey, the team has always passed the puck around for almost the entire time, and then force shots as it expires. SHOOT THE PUCK!
Flyers fell to the Rangers on Tuesday night 2-1, why...