Game 79: Haha, Philly didn’t make the playoffsApril 2, 2017, by
The Rangers are playing host to the Flyers tonight in another meaningless game for the Blueshirts. The Flyers are officially out of the playoffs, which is always nice to see. That said, they’d probably love to keep the reeling Rangers from gaining momentum for a potential playoff run.
The Rangers are going to be without Ryan McDonagh again tonight. So there’s a good chance we cringe a lot with the defensive play. Boy, it’s amazing how big of a hole McDonagh leaves when he isn’t in the lineup. At least the Flyers are on the second of a back to back, so that plays into the Rangers’ favor.
Dave Hakstol runs a 1-2-2 forecheck, and a low zone collapse in the defensive zone. The PP is probably a 1-3-1/umbrella hybrid, and the PK is probably a hybrid as well. For more on hockey systems, follow this link.
The Flyers’ depth can be exploited in the right situation.
Travis Konecny-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal-Valtteri Filppula-Wayne Simmonds
Dale Weise-Sean Couturier-Brayden Schon
Chris Vandevelde-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Colin McDonald
Ivan Provorov-Andrew MacDonald
Michael Del Zotto-Shayne Gostisbehere
Brandon Manning-Radko Gudas
Steve Mason gets the start.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Injuries/Scratches: Ryan McDonagh (undisclosed, day to day, not serious), Adam Clendening (healthy) Steven Kampfer (healthy), Pavel Buchnevich (healthy), Brandon Pirri (healthy), Matt Puempel (healthy)
Crazy Prediction: A night where we don’t cringe at a play the defense makes
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