Tonight the New York Rangers face the Philadelphia Flyers in the “City of Brotherly Love” once again. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm. the Rangers lead the series 2-1 and are looking for another pivotal road win tonight.
The big story for tonight’s game is Steve Mason. After missing the first two games of the series, Mason relieved Ray Emery for the last seven-ish minutes of game three. This will be a huge confidence boost for both Mason, and the rest of his team. Mason will have to work hard to give the Flyers a fighting chance to win. The Rangers blocked 28 shots in game three; should we credit John Tortorella for that?
The Rangers have been phenomenal with regards to keeping Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds quiet. While those three each have at least one point on the stat sheets, not one of the Flyers’ players has more than two points in the first three games.
According to the Flyers’ coach, Craig Berube, said his team has to get pucks on net because that’s how Simmonds and Scott Hartnell score goals. They deflect pucks and tap in rebound. Sounds like a plan to shut the Flyers down.
For the Rangers, Jesper Fast took his turn in the press box as a healthy scratch. After his performance in game three, it will be nearly impossible to remove Daniel Carcillo from the line-up now. Tonight will be a huge test for Carcillo, though. The Flyers will try to taunt him and goad him into poor penalties.
The Flyers don’t have any players who are on streaks at the moment. Martin St. Louis have points in each of his last five games, with five points in the first three games of the post season. Chris Kreider remains out with an injured hand while Steve Downie remains out for the Flyers.
Tonight’s game will have the feeling of a game seven atmosphere. There should be big hits, plenty of mouthing off, and a fair amount of post whistle scrums. Get ready for a huge game!
Let’s Go Rangers!