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Game 34, Preview and Open Thread: Snow Day! New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers

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#9 New York Rangers (15-16-3, 33 pts) at #13 Philadelphia Flyers (15-16-2, 32 pts)
Wachovia Center - 1:00 PM ET - Philadelphia, PA
TV: CSN Philly HD, MSG 2
Radio: 610 WIP
This is the open game thread.
Behind Enemy Lines: Blueshirt Banter
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Yes, the game is still on.

While most of the Delaware Valley is snowed in thanks to one of the biggest December storms in recent memory, the Flyers will look to dig themselves out as they face off against those hated Rangers for the first time this season.

Simon Gagne will be in the Flyers lineup today as the team finally starts to regain their health. Will he be the spark the Flyers need to get their offense back on track? We'll find out today. He'll play on the top line with Mike Richards and Dan Carcillo.

The Rangers come into town looking just as bad as the Flyers. They're one point ahead of the orange and black thanks to an extra game, but they're 2-6-2 in their last 10. Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik were benched after Wednesday night's loss against the Islanders, and in the back end of their home-and-home on Thursday, the Rangers snapped a five game losing streak.

John Tortorella will go with the same lineup today, sitting his struggling veterans in favor of Erik Christensen and Bobby Sanguinetti. Marian Gaborik is really the Rangers only true scoring threat, and he leads the league with 24 goals, but we also have to look out Ryan Callahan, who's on a bit of a hot streak with seven points in his last four games.

It's also Blair Betts' first game against his former team.

After the jump, Flyers probable line combos, starting goaltenders, questions to answer, and our in-game open thread.

Flyers Line Combinations

Carcillo - Richards - Gagne
Hartnell - Carter - Briere
JVR - Giroux - Asham
Pyorala - Betts - Laperriere

Starting Goaltenders


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Brian Boucher 14 777 4 8 34 2.63 351 317 .903 0


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Henrik Lundqvist 30 1740 13 13 74 2.55 898 824 .918 1


Questions To Answer

  1. How does Gagne perform now that he's back in the lineup? He only had one goal in the nine games he played this season, if you remember.
  2. Do Hartnell and Carter carry over the chemistry they displayed on Thursday?
  3. Can the Flyers successfully stop Marian Gaborik?
  4. How many people actually make it to the game today?

Today's game is on CSN Philly at 1 PM, and MSG 2 if you're in North Jersey or the NYC area. Listen at 610 WIP, stay warm, and as always, join us for the conversation. LET'S GO FLYERS!