#4 Philadelphia Flyers (37-20-10, 84 pts) at #8 New York Rangers (35-26-8, 79 pts)
Madison Square Garden - 12:30 PM EST - Manhattan, NY
TV: NBC HD, TSN
Radio: 610 WIP, XM 205
This is the open game thread.
Behind Enemy Lines: Rangerland, NY Rangers Blog
Let's make it two, shall we?
A Flyers win today would be really big for a couple of reasons. First off, a regulation loss for New York would push them back out of playoff position, so that's always nice. But most importantly, a Philly win means that they're six points ahead of fifth-place Montreal and potentialy six points ahead of sixth-place Pittsburgh, who play Boston at home today.
Today is not only the second leg of a crucial home-and-home, but it is also the first of a four game road trip. They'll visit Detroit on Tuesday, Buffalo on Friday, and Pittsburgh on Sunday. It doesn't get easy, so a win in the first game of the trip can go a long way to helping out.
We know about these Rangers from yesterday, which makes writing a game preview a little difficult. But stats are always fun. Claude Giroux has five points in two games against the Rangers. Today will be Jeff Carter's 200th NHL game. Simon Gagne is riding a six game point streak. So is Mike Richards. The Flyers are 10-3-1 in the first game of a back-to-back and 7-3-3 in the second game. The Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994 and still dig up excuses to celebrate it this season.
Between the Pipes: Henrik Lundqvist will go again for the Rangers today. Biron started four straight, so the nod will go to Antero Niittymaki for the Flyers today.
New York Rangers Injuries
No questions today. F*** New York. Go Flyers.