Game 8: Flyers vs. Rangers

Photo: Bill Kostroun

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 play a 2-1-2 forecheck, and once they get a late lead, they switch to a more conservative 1-1-3 left wing lock. In their own zone, the Flyers play a low zone collapse, though the strong side winger will challenge the points, almost a box+1 if you will. On special teams, the Flyers play a 1-3-1 power play and a diamond force penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Brad Richards
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-J.T. Miller
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Jesper Fast
Brandon Mashinter-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-John Moore

Rookie Cam Talbot makes his NHL debut tonight.

PP1: Del Zotto-Richards, Kreider-Stepan-Brassard
PP2: McDonagh-J. Moore, Pouliot-Miller-Boyle

Scratches: Carl Hagelin (shoulder), Rick Nash (concussion), Ryan Callahan (thumb), Mats Zuccarello (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy)

Game time is 7pm tonight. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

13 Responses to “Game 8: Flyers vs. Rangers”

  1. Sorry to say this, but I have a gut feeling this is not going to be a pretty game, and we come up short. Now go out there and kick their butts and prove me wrong, I want to eat crow tonight.

  2. I believe. Watch the kids are gonna surprise you.

    Kreider scores 2
    Miller gets an assist

    and we win 3-2. Book it dano.

  3. Not sure why Dorsett got the 10-minute misconduct. He made no contact, but was visibly upset over something and yelling. Coburn raced in on him and shoved him up against the glass and Dorsett gets the misconduct?

    As for Pouliot, I don’t care how awkward Talbot went into the boards, that wasn’t even close to a 5 minute major / game misconduct.

    Rangers finally competing, better not get nixed by shoddy officiating.

    Cam lookin’ good! Let’s hang in there and finish this Blueshirts!

  4. They didn’t play poorly, there weren’t any major defensive breakdowns.

    4 possibly Olympians were out. Tough to win/score when that happens.

  5. I’ve been watching other games too. The officiating this year is particularly bad.

    I forget which game I was watching, but they were making phantom calls because they missed a penalty.

    From the inconsistant faceoff to the warning of players for talking trash, to downright player abuse by officials. Really listen, I swore I heard a ref tell cally to suck it up after he got a dirty hit in his first game back.

    Tough loss. But on the bright side, they looked much better. Actually had a chance in this one. Kids played with energy, Talbot had a strong showing. Now the question is, who sits when hags and Cally and hopefully Nash return.

  6. We played a team that is just as weak as we are and they outplayed us. There was very little sustained offense in their zone. Present NYR personnel is built around defensive players. Pouliout, Brassard, & Stepan are playing terribly. All should be sat down to motivate. We have no centers on this team. Thank god Richards is having a good start or we would be sitting with no wins.

    To be honest I do not see any difference between this years version from last years team! Not sure Nash and Cally can raise this team’s play.