Game ThreadPreseason

Preseason Game 5: Flyers at Rangers

Photo: Paul J. Bereswill
Photo: Paul J. Bereswill

The rosters are taking shape, and the Rangers are down to their last few decisions to make. Dylan McIlrath and Jarret Stoll will get looks tonight in what could be their roles as regulars while Tanner Glass and Kevin Klein watch from above. It wouldn’t shock me to see Glass and Klein in for the preseason finale, as these four are in direct competition for those final spots.

As for the Flyers, they are also dressing a roster that resembles an NHL lineup. Their defense is highly questionable, but the duo of Giroux-Voracek is always dangerous. Steve Mason is pretty solid in net.

What have they done lately?

The Flyers are not expected to be a playoff team this year. However, they have Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, so they are capable of beating any team on any given night. They aren’t as bad as the Devils.

Flyers Systems

I don’t know what Dave Haksol runs at the moment. Sorry. I’ll update this at some point.

Flyers Lines

Michael Raffl-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
R.J. Umberger-Sam Gagner-Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read-Vinny Lecavalier-Brayden Schenn
Chris VandeVelde-Scott Laughton-Ryan White

Nick Schultz-Mark Streit
Andrew MacDonald-Radko Gudas
Brandon Manning-Luke Schenn

Steve Mason gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderDerek StepanRick Nash
J.T. MillerDerick BrassardMats Zuccarello
Jesper FastKevin HayesViktor Stalberg
Jarret StollDominic MooreEmerson Etem

Keith YandleDylan McIlrath
Marc StaalDan Boyle
Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi

Antti Raanta will get the full game tonight.

Be sure to check out our ticket link if you’re looking for tickets to the game. Game time is 7pm on MSG.

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  1. Looks like a lot of the Flyers “A” team, which means a real good test for Diaz and McIlrath.

  2. Ranger radio analysis Steve Valiquet on NHL Radio today. Only 4 goalies in the last 30 years have one a Stanley cup , who were 33 to 36 yrs old .Tim Thomas the last to do it for the Bruins was 36. Hank is 33, IN OTHER WORDS HIS CLOCK IS TICKING. He see’s Hank as an elite goalie for another 3 to 4 years. Division much improved, Islanders and Caps will be very tough. Emerson Etem HAS ALL THE TALENT ONE COULD ASK FOR, BUT HAS BEEN A DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR.

    1. All the more reason why McIlrath MUST prove himself NOW if he is to make the team.

    2. Everybody’s clock is ticking but I think Hank will be the first goalie to win his third Stanley Cup when he turns forty.

    3. Excellent post Bobby. Valiquette touched on that same point during pre game yesterday on MSG.

  3. Andrew Gross posted some pre-game comments from AV re: Etem. AV said–

    “A new system, new teammates, getting used to a new environment. All that, for me, goes into equation. I thought his game (vs the Devils Saturday) was his best one yet. He’s taking strides. He’s a young player. It’s our job to develop him and that’s what we’re going to do.”

    Compare that to what AV said about McIlrath after Saturday’s game–

    “I thought he had a good game. I thought his 2nd and 3rd periods were better than the first and he had that great scoring chance in OT”.

    Based on that, which of the 2010 picks sounds like he’s a lock to make the team and which is on the bubble?

    Hint–when a coach says about a player, as he did with Etem, “it’s our job to develop him and that’s what we’re going to do”, that’s clearly a strong indication they are definitely keeping him. For McIlrath, while he a has said nice things about his progress, he remains non committal about the future. In coach speak, that clearly means he’s on the bubble.

    McIlrath needs to treat tonight like it’s a playoff Game 7!

    1. He only makes the team if they can’t work a deal for him. They won’t let him go through waivers for nothing—the Org would be too embarrassed to admit another #1 is a bust. I really hope he makes it, believe it or not. This team really needs a physical presence on the blueline. But they need someone who can actually hold his own and excel in this skating dominated NHL. Unless he has totally changed his game, I just don’t see this coach trusting him. They already have a plodding guy in Girardi. They don’t need, and can’t afford another.

    2. He needs to play every game like it’s gm7, but he’s on the final roster barring him going -7 tonight and picking up 42pm.

  4. “I really think McIlrath is going to force a Klein trade”-Joe Fortunato
    (OK Eddie time for the tranquillizer!)
    “Nice kill by NYR includes big hit from McIlrath–#NYR
    “Fast with slick drop pass to McIlrath who hammers shot on net”–#NYR
    “McIlrath with good power on his one time slap from the right point”–A.Gross
    “Dylan McIlrath has been GREAT this preseason. The progress he has made over the last 3 years is pretty significant”–Adam Herman
    “McIlrath has made little progress, has difficulty skating and looks like a draft bust”–Hockey’s Future
    “Ya, the boy can play”–Dire Straits

    Dave you must have meant mcilrath, Diaz, glass and megna are the 4 fighting for the last couple spots. Klein is a top six D on any team and top 4 on many. I hope it was just an error on your part and you don’t actually believe Klein is going anywhere!!
    You should proof read ur articles bud!!!

    1. Klein is a negative possession player, which makes him a bottom pair D on good teams, middle pair on bad teams.

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