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Game 23: Annual Black Friday NBC debut

The Rangers are back in action this afternoon in their annual Black Friday matchup against a rival. This year it’s the Flyers, who should be better than they are but aren’t. At 9-10-2, the Flyers are at the bottom of the division, and not looking to climb out anytime soon. That said, they still give the Rangers fits.

As for the Blueshirts, they are fresh off the dominating Thanksgiving Eve performance against the Islanders. The Rangers haven’t made any call ups following the Cody McLeod injury, so my guess is that Mats Zuccarello is back in the lineup. Makes sense, right?

Flyers Lines

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Nolan Patrick-Jakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk-Jordan Weal-Wayne Simmonds
Scott Laughton-Jori Lehtera-Dale Weise

Ivan Provorov-Robert Hagg 
Shayne Gostiebehere-Christian Folin
Travis Sanheim-Radko Gudas

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

Calvin Pickard gets the start.

Rangers Lines (unconfirmed)

Filip ChytilMika Zibanejad–Vlad Namestnikov
Chris KreiderKevin HayesJesper Fast
Jimmy VeseyBrett HowdenRyan Strome
Mats Zuccarello–Lias AnderssonSteven Fogarty

Brady Skjei-Tony DeAngelo
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Fredrik Claesson-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Namestnikov-Kreider-Zuccarello-Shattenkirk
PP2: Hayes-Chytil-Vesey-Skjei-Pionk

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Adam McQuaid (lower body), Pavel Buchnevich (thumb), Brendan Smith (healthy), Cody McLeod (hand)

Crazy Prediction: Wayne Simmonds doesn’t get a point.

Game time is 1pm.