Game 82: Fin

April 7, 2018, by

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

The Rangers are in Philadelphia this afternoon to take on the Flyers in what will be the final game of the season. Not just the regular season, the whole season. The game isn’t meaningless though, as there are two storylines here that the Rangers are well aware of.

First is draft position. If they lose in regulation, they could possibly drop from 9th to 7th if Chicago beats Winnipeg and Edmonton beats Vancouver.

The other storyline is poetic justice. If the Rangers win in regulation and Florida gets two points, then the Panthers/Bruins game, rescheduled for 4/8 after a blizzard, will occur. If the Panthers win that, then the Flyers are out and the Cats are in. Revenge for 2010 sounds fine to me.

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. Their systems are relatively simple, to be frank.

Flyers Lines

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Michael Raffl
Oskar Lindblom-Nolan Patrick-Jakub Voracek
Travis Konecny-Valtteri Filppula-Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera-Scott Laughton-Matt Read

Ivan Provorov-Shayne Gostiebehere
Travis Sanheim-Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning-Radko Gudas

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

Brian Elliott gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadRyan Spooner
Vlad Namestnikov-Kevin HayesPavel Buchnevich
Jimmy VeseyFilip ChytilMats Zuccarello
Peter HollandLias AnderssonPaul Carey

Brady SkjeiJohn Gilmour
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Rob O’Gara-Ryan Sproul

PP1: Kreider-Namestnikov-Zibanejad-Buchnevich-Pionk
PP2: Vesey-Spooner-Zuccarello-Hayes-Gilmour

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Steven Kampfer (hand), Cody McLeod(healthy) Tony DeAngelo (ankle), Jesper Fast (something)

Crazy Prediction: Beleskey hat trick.

Game time is 3pm. Be sure to follow on our Snapchat for in-game shenanigans.

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  1. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    Thank you Leaky

  2. agentsmith says:

    now 4 months to dispatch of zuccarello

  3. wwpd says:

    This is way the season ends. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.

    BSB was the high point of the year. Thanks folks!