It’s the Rangers 15th game of the season, and they are already down about that many defensemen. Jacob Trouba is the latest to get hurt, and he’s out 4-6 weeks. That means we get a bottom four of Smith-Johnson and Hajek-Bitetto. Godspeed, Alex Georgiev.
Alain Vigneault’s Flyers give up a ton of chances, and Carter Hart is basically Vigneault’s next victim. He follows in the footsteps of Roberto Luongo and Henrik Lundqvist. But a game against AV isn’t the story.
The story is how frustrated and angry everyone appears to be. The Rangers are not very good, which was more or less expected this season. It’s the same roster as last year, just with Lafreniere and without career years from half the roster. But puck luck has been an issue, and the Rangers are too skilled to have this long of a scoring drought. Perhaps a date with the porous Flyers is just what the doctor ordered.
Ivan Provorov-Phillippe Myers
Travis Sanheim-Shayne Gostisbehere
Robet Hagg-Erik Gustafsson
Carter Hart gets the start.
Alex Georgiev gets the start.
Scratches/Injuries: Filip Chytil (upper body), K’Andre Miller (upper body), Jacob Trouba (thumb), Julien Gauthier (healthy)
Crazy Prediction: Everyone relaxes and has a good time.
Game time is 7pm.