2011-2012 Records: Flyers (47-26-9), Rangers (51-24-7)
2011-2012 NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (41-35-76)
2011-2012 PHI Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (28-65-93)
2011-2012 NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (62 GS, 1.97 GAA, .930 SV%)
2011-2012 PHI Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (57 GS, 2.48 GAA, .909 SV%)
Rangers Lines (Unconfirmed):
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Taylor Pyatt-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Brian Boyle-Mike Rupp
Kris Newbury-Jeff Halpern-Stu Bickel
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
Steve Eminger-Anton Stralman
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Arron Asham (groin), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Chris Kreider (healthy)
Preview: The Flyers are literally limping back home, having lost three in a row to open the season. Adding injury to insult (see what I did there?), the Flyers will be without Scott Hartnell (foot), Danny Briere (wrist) and Brayden Schenn (suspension) tonight.
As for their on ice strategy, the Flyers throw two different looks at the opposition. The first look is the basic 2-1-2 forecheck, which the Rangers utilize as well. This system is designed to create pressure and turnovers in the offensive zone. The Penguins use this strategy as well.
Once the Flyers get a lead, they switch to a more conservative 2-3 Left Wing Lock. This system also sends two forecheckers into the zone, but the third forward sits back with the defense up high. This ensures protection against odd man rushes, but also provides some pressure to create turnovers. That third forward is used as a backup option if the two forecheckers create a turnover.
This will be the first time the Rangers play a team that uses the 2-3 LW lock. They did fairly well against it last year, to the tune of six wins in six meetings with the Flyers. But this is a different season.
Crazy Thought: No fights in this game. Perhaps too crazy?
Opposition Blog: Flyers Fan Central