Standings: Flyers (46-24-9), Rangers (50-22-7)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (40-34-74)
PHI Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (28-61-89)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (60 GS, 1.92 GAA, .930 SV%)
PHI Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (55 GS, 2.46 GAA, .910 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brian Boyle-Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp-John Mitchell-Brandon Prust
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Marc Staal-Stu Bickel
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Mats Zuccarello (wrist), Steve Eminger (ankle), Jeff Woywitka (healthy), John Scott (healthy)
Preview: The magic number is at one. If the game tonight gets to overtime, then the Rangers clinch the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference. That won’t be easy though, the Flyers are likely still steaming after that brawl against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Add that to the beef they already have with the Rangers –a team they are 0-5 against this year– and it makes for a very motivated Flyers team.
This game has the potential to get real ugly real fast. The Flyers are going to look to send a message that the Rangers don’t own them. With a hot Ilya Bryzgalov back in net, the Flyers are just as dangerous as ever. They don’t play defense at all, but that offense has been magnificent. Add in a hot Bryzgalov, and this is a team that can go places and scare a lot of teams in the playoffs.
Crazy Thought: 6-0 against the Flyers this season.