Game 50 Preview: Rangers vs. FlyersFebruary 5, 2012, by
Standings: Flyers (30-15-6), Rangers (32-12-5)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (25-16-41)
NJD Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (20-39-59)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (37 GS, 1.82 GAA, .940 SV%)
NJD Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (36 GS, 2.83 GAA, .900 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Steve Eminger (healthy)
Preview: Another day, another date with the Flyers. The last time these two teams met, it was at Citizens Bank Park for the Winter Classic, and ended in a 3-2 Rangers victory. In fact, the Rangers have done pretty well against the Flyers, winning all three matchups against their division rival, outscoring them 9-4 in the process.
This game is going to be like all the others. It will be physical, brutal, and a grinding game. The Rangers will deploy Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh against the Claude Giroux/Jaromir Jagr connection, which will be the biggest key to the game. Shut down that line, and the Rangers will win. Don’t, and the Rangers will hand the Flyers their first win against the Blueshirts of the year.
Getting a powerplay goal or two might help too.
Crazy Thought: It’s a powerplay goal!
Opponent’s Blog: Flyers Fan Central
Game time is 1:00pm on NBC Sports, AM1050, and XM214.