Photo: Bill Kostroun
The Rangers are in Philly tonight to take on the Flyers. Luckily for New York, Philly is all sorts of bad right now. If it weren’t for the Flyers, the Rangers would be the worst team in the Metro Division, and the only team in the NHL not in Buffalo under five points for the season. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Rangers, but they will need to get a victory without three of their top six forwards (Rick Nash, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Callahan) and their All-World goaltender.
The Flyers under Peter Laviolette played a 2-1-2 forecheck, and once they got a lead, they switched to a more conservative 2-3 left wing lock. In their own zone, the Flyers played a low zone collapse. On special teams, the Flyers played an umbrella powerplay (like most NHL teams) and a diamond penalty kill. This was under Lavvy, and I haven’t watched enough Flyers hockey to see what new coach Craig Berube has them running.
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Brad Richards