Rangers (32-33-8, 72pts) @ Flyers (37-25-12, 86pts)
After the lackluster effort and shootout loss against the lowly Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, the Flyers head back home to face their division rivals the New York Rangers tonight.
The Flyers dropped down to the first wild card spot after the loss and they will need to put up a better effort than that if they want to get two points tonight.
Alex Lyon’s play since getting called up has earned him the chance to get another start.
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LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Flyers will use pretty much the same lineup as they did on Tuesday against the Red Wings with one exception. It looks like Brandon Manning will replace Robert Hägg.
Michael Raffl is still injured for another week or so. Mrazek got pulled in last game, so expect Alex Lyon to get the chance he has deserved tonight.
Nolan Patricks line has been the most consistent line at even strength the past few games and they need a better effort from the rest or they might miss the playoffs.
Giroux – Couturier – Konecny
Lindblom – Patrick – Voracek
Weal – Filppula – Simmonds
Lehterä – Laughton – Read
Provorov – Gostisbehere
MacDonald – Sanheim
Manning – Gudas
New York: Rangers Line Combinations
The Rangers will miss Henrik Lundqvist, and instead, the Flyers will face Aleksandar Georgiev in what will be the 22-year-olds eighth NHL game.
The Flyers have to try and take advantage of his lack of experience. Jimmy Vesey is red-hot, scoring a hat trick just a few nights ago.
The Rangers still have alot of good offensive players, so the Flyers cant afford to underestimate them.
Kreider – Zibanejad – Fast
Spooner – Hayes – Zuccarello
Vesey – Namestnikov – Buchnevich
Mcleod – Desharnais – Carey
Staal – Pionk
Skjei – Sproul
O’Gara – Gilmour
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
The Flyers need to find a consistency in their game. Too many times for too many years they’ve struggled to get a good start to a game and almost always have to come back from behind in games. The game versus the Red Wings is a perfect example: They were incredibly bad for 40 minutes and if they didn’t have a really strong third period against a very bad team they would have left Detroit with no points at all. Look for them to try and get a better start tonight
Sean Couturier finally got his 30th goal of the season after being stuck on 29 for a very long time. Couturier has been great all year, but hopefully he’ll be less snakebitten after getting the monkey of his shoulders so to speak.
Alex Lyon was great in his relief of Mrazek on Tuesday and he will need to be so against the Rangers tonight. The Rangers might not be a good team, but they have a solid top six and are still very dangerous offensively. The Flyers defensemen need to do a better job in front of him as well.