The New York Rangers will face the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Madison Square Garden at 7pm. This is the second time the two teams have met so far this season, and the Rangers are looking to rebound after a 2-1 loss at Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 24.
Having posted a decisive 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 26, the Rangers would love to build a winning momentum and post another two points to their record. But it’s not going to be easy, as all-stars Claude Giroux and Danny Briere will look to strike early and often against Henrik Lundqvist, who will start his sixth straight game tonight.
Martin Biron, Matt Gilroy, and Steve Eminger remained on the ice today after an optional practice so Lundqvist will get the nod and Gilroy will be scratched his sixth straight game. He has yet to play for the Rangers this season.
Andrew Gross of The Record had a chance to speak with Lundqvist regarding starting in net and who makes the call.
“I’m just going to try and be ready for each game. If they tell me to play, I play. I haven’t thought about what’s the best scenario. Just, whatever happens, I’m going to see that as the best scenario. It’s good for me to get games here early on to get going. I feel like it’s coming, it’s getting there. When you’ve been off for so long, it’s nice to play and get some action right away. We’ll see when Marty will play here. But it’s been good for me early on.”
Head coach John Tortorella is also looking to improve the power play, which has been as usual, very unsuccessful for the Rangers. Yesterday in practice, Gross reported that the two power play lineups were as follows:
Rick Nash-Ryan Callahan-Brad Richards
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Taylor Pyatt-Marian Gaborik-Derek Stepan
Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
The Rangers have only scored on the power play twice this season, and they subsequently lost each game.