Game 79: Haha, Philly didn’t make the playoffs

April 2, 2017, by

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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.

Flyers Systems

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.

Flyers Lines

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

PP1: Giroux-Schenn-Simmonds-Voracek-Gostisbehere
PP2: Filppula-Couturier-Konecny-Weal-Provorov

Steve Mason gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
Jimmy VeseyMika ZibanejadRick Nash
Michael GrabnerKevin HayesJesper Fast
JT MillerOscar LindbergTanner Glass

Marc StaalKevin Klein
Brady SkjeiDan Girardi
Brendan SmithNick Holden

PP1: Zibanejad-Buchnevich-Nash-Miller-McDonagh
PP2: Stepan-Hayes-Kreider-Zuccarello-Skjei

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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  1. HOF 19 says:

    I am not going into a lot of details JUST……..GET……..A…….WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Peter says:

    As that coach in Columbus would say, “Play the right way!”

  3. wwpd says:

    “home win” too crazy for the prediction at this point, Dave?

  4. Stevem says:

    Glass with that beard looks like he’s gonna start churning butter on the bench

    • Blue76 says:

      Considering he played 12 plus minutes and had 6 hits that got the puck for his team, more like he made butter of Polly ON the ice. He gets an atta boy!!!!

  5. Bloomer says:

    Crazy prediction…lundqvist doesnt let in 5 goals

  6. HOF 19 says:

    Are we gonna finally win a game ???……..MAYBE I HOPE !!!!!

  7. HOF 19 says:

    Are…………………we………………………..waking…………………….up ?????…I CERTAINLY HOPE SO !!!!!

  8. Five Hole says:

    Well that got interesting!

  9. HOF 19 says:

    Do we do ANYTHING easy ?…….Can we at least win 2 out of the last 3 ?……LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!