Tonight could be really great! Or, it could be Flyers history. Bad, bad history.
The New York Rangers did something last night that the Flyers have never done: They won a hockey game in 2013. And despite a rough start of their own season, the Rangers look like they're getting back to their game.
New York Rangers (1-2-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-0)
7:00 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, Pa.
TV: CSN Philly, MSG, NHL Network | Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
Get the New York perspective at Blueshirt Banter
Let's check in with Blueshirt Banter on what the Rangers did right in their OT win vs. Boston last night:
Right from the puck drop, the Rangers went into aggressive forecheck mode, and had the Bruins defenders thinking quicker than they should be. As a result, they were able to control most of the tempo in the first period, and came away with two goals to boot. The passing was also leaps and bounds better than it was on Sunday. Passes were connecting and there weren't any blind passes to the opposing team.
Although they did breakdown in their defensive zone several times throughout the final 40 minutes, the Rangers were able to weather the storm. They were blocking shots and playing inspired hockey once again. Even though it wasn't pretty, the Rangers were finally starting to look like they did last season.
So, uh, yeah ... that sounds promising for the Flyers tonight. Of course, we'll be without Brayden Schenn (suspension), Danny Briere (hand), Scott Hartnell (foot) and Zac Rinaldo (whatever) tonight. The Flyers didn't skate today so we don't really know what the lines will look like, but it'll be quite the mess. Tom Sestito will be in the lineup, Jody Shelley likely as well, and Tye McGinn remains. Pretty fun stuff. NHL hockey, catch the fever!
Here's a look at the Rangers' lineup:
Nash - Richards - Gaborik
Pyatt - Stepan - Callahan
Hagelin - Boyle - Kreider
Rupp - Halpern - Newbury
McDonagh - Girardi
Staal - Stralman
Del Zotto - Eminger
Jesus, that top line is horrifying. It's Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Henrik Lundqvist in net. I don't even really know what to expect out of tonight's game, but scoring first and maybe trying to play with a lead would be a great start. Let us pray. The Flyers have never opened a season 0-4 and this year isn't a good time to start.