The Rangers are in Philly tonight to take on the Flyers for the fourth and final time this season. The Rangers have taken two games (1/29: 2-1, 3/5: 4-2) and dropped one (1/24: 2-1) so far, and a win tonight would seal the season series with the Flyers. It would also help the Rangers in playoff positioning, as they need every point they can get.
As we’ve discussed before, Peter Laviolette throws two different forechecking looks at the opposition. The first look is the 2-1-2 forecheck, and once the Flyers get a lead, they tend to switch to a more conservative 2-3 left wing lock. Both systems send two forecheckers into the zone, but the 2-3 leaves three guys back, while the 2-1-2 sends an additional forechecker around the blue line and leaves two guys back.
In their own zone, the Flyers play a low zone collapse, which is similar to the Rangers. This creates a logjam in the high-priced real estate, but gives some leeway at the point for puck movement.
On special teams, the Flyers play an umbrella powerplay (like most NHL teams) and a diamond penalty kill.
For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.
2012-2013 Records: Flyers (13-16-2), Rangers (15-13-3)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (10-15-25)
PHI Leading Scorer: Jakub Voracek (13-19-32)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (27 GP, 2.21 GAA, .921 SV%)
PHI Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (25 GP, 2.79 GAA, .900 SV%)
Rangers Lines (unconfirmed):
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
J.T. Miller-Brian Boyle-Marian Gaborik
Arron Asham-Darroll Powe-Taylor Pyatt
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Anton Stralman-Roman Hamrlik
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Kris Newbury (healthy)
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7:30 pm
Torts’ post-practice interview from Monday: