Preview: Flyers at Rangers (Game 44)

Updated: January 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm by Matt Brauckmann

Tonight we present to you a battle of hot against not.

Your Philadelphia Flyers are fresh off of a huge 5-3 win against the New Jersey Devils and are looking to climb the ranks of the Metropolitan Division tonight.

On the other hand, the New York Rangers are looking to stop their free-fall amidst the Eastern Conference, and quite frankly, that will be a tall task given the way the team is playing right now.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF:

TV: NBCSP, NBCSN

LISTEN: 97.5 The Fanatic

PUCK DROP: 7 P.M.

LINE COMBINATIONS: Courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations

Things won’t be changing much for the Flyers who put out a very solid effort on Saturday night in Newark. Shayne Gostisbehere will return from his illness to replace Travis Sanheim. Tyrell Goulbourne will hit the sidelines while Taylor Leier comes in on the wing.

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Michael Raffl – Valtteri Filppula – Jake Voracek

Jordan Weal – Nolan Patrick – Wayne Simmonds

Jori Lehtera – Scott Laughton – Taylor Leier

Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg – Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas

Brian Elliott

New York: Rangers Line Combinations

The Rangers come into this needing some type of spark from their lineup. Henrik Lundqvist will make his 37th start of the season tonight as the Rangers look for anything to heal an ailing defense and a struggling offense.

Rick Nash – Mika Zibanejad – Pavel Buchnevich

Mats Zuccarello – J.T. Miller – Vinni Lettieri

Jimmy Vesey – David Desharnais – Paul Carey

Michael Grabner – Peter Holland – Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh – Nick Holden

Brady Skjei – Kevin Shattenkirk

Marc Staal – Steve Kampfer

Henrik Lundqvist

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

  1. There’s no two ways about it, The New York Rangers are not a good hockey team. Their record might lead you to believe that they are a fringe playoff team, but that is almost entirely because of Henrik Lundqvist. Aside from the fact that they are 3-5-2 over their last 10, they have been outscored 20-8 over their past 5 games, haven’t won in regulation since December 19th, and have given up 30+ shots in 18 of their last 20 games. On the other hand, the Flyers are 6-3-1 in their last 10 and have outscored their opponents 21-11 on their recent winning streak. the Rangers are a struggling team that the Flyers need to bury.
  2. The two points on the line tonight is absolutely massive. If the Flyers win and the Islanders lose, they will hop into the WC2 spot with 50 points and 44 GP and put themselves 1 point behind the Penguins (46 GP), 4 points behind New Jersey (43 GP), and 3 points behind Columbus (46 GP). What does that mean? A win tonight makes grabbing a division spot a very real possibility, a loss tonight puts a damper on everything.
  3. Henrik Lundqvist. As I mentioned above, he is the only reason the Rangers remain relevant in the Eastern Conference. Despite allowing over 34 shots per game this season and being middle of the road in scoring, the team is afloat because of outstanding goal tending. If the Flyers want to win this game, they’re going to need to fire all they’ve got Lundqvist’s way.

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