As per Andrew Gross, Evgeny Grachev and Derek Boogaard will skate tonight, with Todd White being the healthy scratch among the forwards. Boogaard is inserted into the lineup to add some much needed toughness to the Flyers, who have a plethora of tough guys. Grachev will continue to get playing time, hopefully more than six minutes a game, until some of the Rangers injury problems heal.
On defense, Matt Gilroy will be the healthy scratch tonight. Michael Sauer and Steve Eminger are the more physical of the three defensemen, so it isn’t a surprise to see Gilroy as the scratch. The Rangers are matching up tonight to the Flyers toughness, something they haven’t been able to do in a few seasons. It’s nice to have roster flexibility.