Game 42 Open Thread: Flyers at Rangers

April 16, 2013, by
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The Rangers head to Philly tonight to take on the lowly Flyers who will try and play spoiler to the Rangers playoff chances.  The boys from Philly are stuck at 39 pts, good for 12th in the Conference and seven points behind the 8th seeded Rangers.  This game (and the rest of the schedule for that matter) has trap game written all over it after the war with the Islanders (still sounds weird, right?) on Saturday night.  They need to keep their nose to the grindstone.

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 one forward high in the zone, while the 2-1-2 sends an additional forechecker  in deep. The 2-12 also allows defensemen to join the forecheck.

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 (18-21-3), Rangers (21-16-4)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (17-18-35)

PHI Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux/Jakub Voracek (13-29-42)/(18-24-42)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (36 GP, 2.06 GAA, .928 SV%)

PHI Goaltender: Steve Mason (3 GP, 1.74 GAA, .934 SV%)

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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed): 

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello

Carl Hagelin-Derick Brassard-Ryan Callahan

Ryane Clowe-Brad Richards-Brian Boyle

Taylor Pyatt-Darroll Powe-Aaron Asham

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi

Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman

John Moore-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy)

Broadcast Info: NBC Sports, 7:30pm

Categories : Game Thread


  1. Furls says:

    Hard not to get pumped for this clash no matter where they are in the standings!
    This just better not be one of those let-down games we’ve seen this year when we don’t show up for a game we should dominate, but I don’t think it will be with the new blood.
    Lets go Rangers!

  2. cv19 says:


  3. Joel says:

    How do you miss where the game is being played tonite? Pretty basic info, ay?

  4. Joe says:

    Even Peter Laviolette in the middle of the first period understands the significance of the Boston bombings, but our A-hole coach will not respond in pregame.

    Rangers coach John Tortorella is from the Boston suburb of Concord, Mass. but cut off any discussion of the tragedy during his pre-game meeting with the media.

    “Don’t ask,” Tortorella said brusquely when the non-hockey subject was broached with him. “Don’t ask. Don’t ask. Don’t ask.”

    A Rangers spokesman said Tortorella’s family was safe as well.

    Is this really the guy we want to lead our team???? What is with this ****? Torts got to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chris F says:

      **** off, Joe. Public personalities don’t have to offer their thoughts on every matter the media throws their way. What do they want to hear? “It’s a senseless tragedy. My prayers are with the family.” What does that add to the national discussion? Cliche responses to social tragedies does nothing for anyone. He had a hockey game to prepare for.

      I’m so sick of morons like you. Leave friggin’ topics like terrorism and marriage equality to society at large and let us enjoy our beloved escape from all that nonsense: hockey.

      • Chris F says:

        My apologies BSB for the harsh response.

        Just having to hear about yesterdays bombings 24/7 on the news, the radio, on my school’s listserv emails, as the watercooler topic of discussion all day at work, and now from the NHL broadcast boost, I have no patience for bloviating jingoists like Joe above maligning Coach Tortorella for not feeling compelled to offer scripted, meaningless words on the tragedy moments before trying to win a crucial hockey game.

        Why do we crave these responses from everyone who spends time in front of microphones and cameras? It’s superficial at best.

      • The Suit says:

        I heard Torts’ “don’t ask” comment. He wasn’t being dismissive at all. He just couldn’t conjure up the words. You could see he was disgusted with the events of yesterday, as all Americans are. I probably would have done the same being put on the spot like that with all the cameras and mics.

        The fact that people are trying to spin this as some sort of anti-Torts rhetoric is just sad, very very sad. Makes me as mad as Joe is that people would stoop that low.

      • Joe says:

        Big man, you are from behind the Blog, would love to meet you in a bar, Punk. Yes, I do want to know that the coach of my team cares about what society is dealing with. So much more important than hockey. But my real point is that this A-hole will not even give the press answers on hockey matters, matters about the team, strategy and such, because he thinks we the fans don’t deserve it, Well F- him I pay for tickets in the biggest market in the country and $9.75 for a cup of beer in the garden. It is his duty as a coach to tell us what is up, not flip us the bird! Obviously you just watch on TV and eat bon bons and get fat and could care less what the coach thinks! You Chris F are a……..

  5. Tim B says:

    Well it would be nice to see the game in TV. Well i see on NHL.com that the Flyers scored first. How come the Rangers can’t ever score first? Also i heard Dylan McIlrath was like 10 minutes away from the blast in Boston. Also my thoughts and prayers go out to everybody effected by this act of terrorism.

  6. John says:

    I don’t comment on blogs very often but Joe inspired me. Who gives a rat’s ass what anybody else thinks or feels about the situation in Boston? How are Tort’s comments (or those of any of the other thousands of self-important yet uninvolved tweeters, bloggers, etc.) relevant to the Rangers or hockey in general? I think it’s safe to say we’re all in agreement about the atrocity of this senseless act and we all feel for the people involved. I just don’t understand the outrage I see directed at Tortorella for not saying anything. How is that his responsibility? How does that affect how he “leads our team?” How does that make him a “****” Let’s keep the discussion about hockey, huh?

    • Joe says:

      nobody gives a **** what Torts thinks about anything but the Rangers. That is my point, he will not tell us that, but you guys just don’t get it. You love him, I give……you win

  7. Tim B says:

    Jimmy Howard- signed a 6 year extensiob worth $31.8 million. Thats $5.3 million a season. He is one of the best in the league. So why is he getting paid alot lower than Lundqvist? Lundy is paid over $6 million a season. You guys think he is getting underpaid? Or just because the salary cap was lowered or something?

    • The Suit says:

      I think he got a fair deal. Cap coming down definitely plays a roll. Hard to compare a contract signed in 2013 to one signed in 2008.

  8. Chris F says:

    Dreger just reported 6 outdoor games next season. 2 Rangers games in Yankee Stadium, one against the Devils, one against the Isles!

  9. Chuck A says:

    This game seems, to me, to be a microcosm of their season. What an uninspired, underperforming waste of a year. And an 8 seed is a mere door prize, as they’ll be out the door in 4.

  10. Chris F says:

    ~Really disappointed with the lack of intensity and battle tonight before the 10 minute mark of the third.

    ~Can’t believe they couldn’t muster a shot while Mason was in clear discomfort for 2+ minutes. Then, even after the whistle and Mason decides to stay in the game, couldn’t get anything on net for a few minutes.

    ~Callahan was off again tonight. Misses a prime chance to swat one in from the crease while Mason was way out of position and down on the ice. He then tipped a pass as he was entering the zone with speed and gave it away.

    ~Stepan missed an easy tip in the third.

    ~MDZ is a beast coming right back after taking that puck to the chin and playing like a man on a mission.

    ~Really impressed by Moore trying to get things started in the third. He created several great chances and then came back hard, played the body and defended well.

    ~Thought the boys had it late in the third; tough loss.

    ~Everyone surrounding the Rangers in the standings moved up tonight by getting crucial points.

    • Walt says:

      In fairness to the team, yes they came out flat, limp, but Hank gave Filthadelphia a couple of easy ones there last night!

  11. Chris.C says:

    Hank should of stopped 2 of the 3 goals last night. The one was just a bomb to the post off a clean Faceoff win.