Winter Classic Preview: Rangers at Flyers

Standings: Flyers (22-10-4), Rangers (23-9-4)

Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (17-28-45)

Goaltender: Sergei Bobrovsky (14 GP, 2.52 GAA, .910 SV%)

Rangers Lines (probable)

Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky-Brian Boyle-John Mitchell
Ruslan Fedotenko-Mike Rupp-Brandon Prust

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Marc Staal-Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Wojtek Wolski (groin), Mike Sauer (concussion), Steve Eminger (shoulder), Erik Christensen (healthy), Jeff Woywitka (healthy)

Preview:  Another day, another game against the Flyers, of whom the Rangers have defeated twice this season.

But this isn’t just another day. This isn’t just another game against the Flyers. It’s the Winter Classic.

We’ve seen this matchup twice this season, so it’s tough to not know what the Flyers will bring: a balanced scoring attack, good defense despite injuries, decent goaltending (since it’s Bobrovsky and not Mr. OMG-The-Universe-Is-So-Big), and a tremendously physical onslaught. The Rangers have beaten the Flyers twice by playing solid defense, capitalizing on chances, and maintaining puck possession.

The biggest thing for the Rangers is getting that powerplay to function again, as it has been worse than terrible the past 10 or so games. The Flyers are a dangerous team, and the Rangers will need to put home some powerplay goals to beat them for a third time this season.

Crazy Thought: Brad Richards gets a powerplay goal.

Opponent’s Blog: Flyers Fan Central

Game time tonight is 3:00pm on NBC, AM1050 and XM214.

17 thoughts on “Winter Classic Preview: Rangers at Flyers

  • Jan 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm
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    Let’s go Rangers…oh yeah….baby

    • Jan 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm
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      I can’t believe I’m watching the Rangers play an outdoor game. This is awesome.

  • Jan 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm
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    Hank has played out of his mind so far…it’s almost surreal to see the Rangers playing outside. Imagine how much better it’ll be when it’s in Yankee Stadium…

    • Jan 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm
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      Hank has kept them in this game.

  • Jan 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm
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    The ice is crap right now. This game looks like it’s in slow mo.

  • Jan 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm
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    Hank must be having a hard time picking up the the puck….he never leaves rebounds like this

    • Jan 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm
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      Could be the ice. A lot of bad bounces out there.

  • Jan 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm
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    Uh…Mike Rupp anyone?

  • Jan 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm
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    Holy crap, did the refs try to keep the Flyers in the game or what?

    • Jan 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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      Yes, they did. Awful NHL, just awful.

    • Jan 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm
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      Wow on the officiating, that was a disgrace the last 4 minutes of the game to include the non call on Timomnen..that when the game is at center stage with so many viewers. Just pathetic

    • Jan 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm
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      Almost makes you wonder if the league brass instructed the refs to steer the game into OT if possible. Atrocious is too mild a word…

      • Jan 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm
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        The call on Callahan still has me on boil.

        • Jan 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm
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          He held the stick, that much was clear on the replay. But the other calls, pathetic.

          • Jan 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm
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            He grabbed a stick that was around his throat. And, since he had an empty net breakaway, shouldn’t it have been a penalty shot at the very least?

            • Jan 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm
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              Dont get me wrong, I didnt like the call either, and lets not even get in the McDonagh penalties, but on this kind of a stage to have officiating that bad, shame on the NHL. Complete joke.

    • Jan 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm
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      Sure looked like it.

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