Game 47: Divisional showdown against Philly

January 12, 2014, by
Photo: LoHud

Photo: LoHud

The Flyers come to town a completely different team from the last time the Rangers faced them. Then again, so are the Rangers. This is a Rangers team that is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, and 3-0-1 in their last 4 games. This is one of the most important games of the season, as the Rangers sit one point back of the surging Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan (and the last guaranteed playoff spot). Tonight has a potential four point swing on the line.

On the ice, 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 mix of zone and man-on-man defense, depending on puck location.On special teams, the Flyers run a 1-3-1 and an umbrella power play and a diamond force penalty kill with the strong side forward looking to pressure the point.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Dan Carcillo

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Derek Dorsett (broken leg), Justin Falk (healthy)

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

Categories : Game Thread


  1. Sally says:

    JT is in Hartford. 

  2. Spozo says:

    Who woulda thought Carcillo would get a goal before he had a fight as a Blueshirt.
    this is the first time in 5 years this team has a fourth line. I like it!

    • Dave says:

      Yea that one shocked me. But he’s playing very well, and is very smart to not engage Simmonds at the moment. No need to with a 3-0 lead.

      • @Centerman21 says:

        Hey Dave. Can I ask you how you’d feel about a trade to acquire Drew Stafford from the Sabres? He’s having a tough year and should come cheap. He’s a righty that plays in the crease. Able to score another 15 goals this year.

    • @Centerman21 says:

      He ended up with 2/3 of a Gordie Howe by nights end. I’m real excited about the 4th line myself. They can change momentum in a game. I would like to say ha to all the haters now. He’s been an important player.

  3. @Centerman21 says:

    I’ve seen DZ playing the left side. He is more important to team success. He should play on his left side. I don’t think Moores game would decline to the extent DZ’s did.
    Rangers look good to start tonight. Outnumbers the Flyers in the 1st 20 mins. They haven’t played the best 2nd but maybe that has something to do with long change. Keep them off the board or protect a 2 goal lead. Don’t lay back and get that 4th line on if the Flyers are coming hard with top D pair. This game isn’t over.

  4. Chuck A says:

    Is it too soon to start looking for AV tattoos?