Tonight’s game can be seen via TV on NBC Sports Network and via streaming on nbcsports.com or the NBC Sports App. (Note that NHL.tv and NHL Center Ice will be blacked out.) On radio, you can listen via 93.3 WMMR.
So! Not that the Flyers haven’t, for all intents and purposes, been out of playoff contention for two or three weeks now, but there’s a chance things officially come to an end on that front tonight. Specifically, if the Flyers don’t win tonight’s game (or any of their other games), they will no longer be able to catch the Toronto Maple Leafs and/or Ottawa Senators (who are both currently tied for third in the Atlantic) and will as such be eliminated from the playoff race.
Again, not that “the Flyers aren’t making the playoffs” is news, but there’s still a little bit of extra oomph that goes into tonight’s game given the circumstances.
There are at least two lineup changes that we know of, and possibly a third:
Anthony Stolarz starts for the Flyers tonight. Steve Mason will backup. Nick Schultz in for Radko Gudas. Might be a change up front too.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) April 2, 2017
The Flyers’ decision to start Stolarz is the lesser of three evils here, as their options following Michal Neuvirth’s incident last night against the Devils were all somewhat unappealing. But the team opted to give Stolarz his third game in three nights (including a start with the Phantoms on Friday) over playing a likely-still-not-100-percent Steve Mason and a never-played-in-the-NHL-before Alex Lyon, and while that’s likely the best possible decision here, it’s still a tall ask of Stolarz. (On the plus side, as a childhood Devils fan and current Flyer, you know that if there’s one team Stolarz would really like to stick it to, it’s the Rangers.)
The other known lineup change for the Flyers is Nick Schultz sliding in for Radko Gudas, who is “day-to-day” per the team after taking a big hit from Dalton Prout yesterday. We don’t know the lineups yet, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him to move next to Shayne Gostisbehere while Michael Del Zotto drops to the spot Gudas has been in next to Brandon Manning.
As for the forwards, we have no word on concrete changes as of yet, but per Dave Isaac, Hakstol said that 13 forwards will skate in warm-ups. Hakstol had previously said that Mike Vecchione will not play tonight, so this likely means that Nick Cousins will be out in warm-ups, though Isaac guessed that Cousins was unlikely to play tonight. It could also mean that Roman Lyubimov may play for the first time in almost three weeks. Until then, we’ll guess that the forward lines are the same as yesterday, but we know nothing. (Thanks for reading!)
Stolarz and Lundqvist. Playoff hopes, technically, on the line. Go Flyers.
- Travis Konecny - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek
- Jordan Weal - Valtteri Filppula - Wayne Simmonds
- Dale Weise - Sean Couturier - Brayden Schenn
- Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Colin McDonald
- Ivan Provorov - Andrew MacDonald
- Shayne Gostisbehere - Nick Schultz
- Brandon Manning - Michael Del Zotto
- Anthony Stolarz
- Steve Mason
Notable Injuries: Michael Raffl, Matt Read, Nick Cousins, Michal Neuvirth, Radko Gudas
Healthy Scratches: Roman Lyubimov, Mike Vecchione
New Yawk lineup (via)
- Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello
- J.T. Miller - Mika Zibanejad - Rick Nash
- Michael Grabner - Kevin Hayes - Jimmy Vesey
- Tanner Glass - Oscar Lindberg - Jesper Fast
- Marc Staal - Kevin Klein
- Brady Skjei - Dan Girardi
- Brendan Smith - Nick Holden
- Henrik Lundqvist (yes, that one)
- Antti Raanta
Notable Injuries: Ryan McDonagh