Practice Notes: Talbot to start against Flyers, Stempniak listed as day-to-day
After getting shut down by the Lightning on Monday, the Rangers (7-7-4) will face off against; the Philadelphia Flyers (7-7-2) on Wednesday, in a rematch of the first round of last season’s playoffs, where the Rangers eliminated Philadelphia in seven games.
This is the first matchup of the season for these two teams, and the first time they have played each other since the Rangers eliminated the Flyers in Game 7 of the first round of last year’s playoffs.
Cam Talbot will get the start against the Flyers, just his fourth of the season. His last start came on November 8th against the Maple Leafs, where he allowed five goals on 31 shots.
Talbot has struggled so far this season, and currently holds and 0-2-1 record with a 3.48 GAA and an .880 save percentage. At this point least season, Talbot had won four of his first five starts and was extremely effective on Lundqvist’s off days.
Talbot needs to step up and perform well tomorrow night, with the Rangers desperate for their first win in over a week. A win against the rival Flyers would be a big confidence booster to the team, and Talbot needs to stand tall in net.
Lee Stempniak was not on the ice for the Rangers’ practice this morning, with Vigneault later stating that he was given a “maintenance day.” Stepmniak is currently listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, and it is unclear whether or not he will start on Wednesday. If he is out of the lineup, Jesper Fast will take his place.
On a positive note, Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh skated for the first time since separating his shoulder against the Winnipeg Jets on November 1st. McDonagh was on the ice before practice and was skating on his own, a sign that he is slowly on the road to recovery.
McDonagh has missed the last eight games, and will miss at least the next two weeks.
RANGERS PRACTICE LINES:
Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Martin St. Louis
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin-Kevin Hayes-Anthony Duclair
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Jesper Fast
The Flyers are also dealing with some injury concerns of their own. Captain Claude Giroux will miss the game against the Rangers with an apparent ankle injury. Giroux and the team do not expect this to be a long term injury.
Giroux has been very effective for the Flyers, and is second on the team with 21 points in 16 games. He is also averaging an assist a game, and is constantly on the ice, averaging 21:26 per-game. He also is the driving force on the power play, picking up nine of his 21 points on the power play.
Michael Raffl is still out with a lower body injury that he suffered on November 4th against the Oilers. He recently resumed skating, but will not play tomorrow.
With the Flyers top line now missing two key players, Craig Berube will need to make some adjustments to replace Giroux and others.
The Flyers recalled Scott Laughton from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and he will replace Blair Jones on the third line.
Brayden Schenn is the likely candidate to move up to the top line for the Flyers. Schenn has 13 points in 16 games this season (6-7-13), alongside a plus-five rating. Wayne Simmonds (7-5-12) could move up to the top line for Philadelphia alongside Schenn and Jakub Voracek, who leads the NHL with 26 points (7-19-26) in all 16 of the Flyers’ games.
The Rangers and the Flyers will resume their rivalry on Wednesday at 8 PM on NBC Sports Network, with both teams fighting to stay relevant in the Metropolitan Division.
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Posted on November 19, 2014, in Rangers Updates and tagged Alain Vigneault, Anthony Duclair, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, Chris Mueller, Claude Giroux, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Dominic Moore, Henrik Lundqvist, Henrik Lundqvist shutout, Jakub Voracek, Jesper Fast, John Moore, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, King Henrik, Madison Square Garden, Marc Staal, Martin St. Louis, Mats Zuccarello, Matt Hunwick, MSG, New York Rangers, NHL, NHL 2014-2015 Season, NY Rangers, NYR, Philadelphia Flyers, Rangers Nation, Rangerstown, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tanner Glass, The Duke, The Ranger Zone, Wayne Simmonds. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.