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Practice Notes: Talbot to start against Flyers, Stempniak listed as day-to-day

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Cam Talbot will be in net against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, and is still looking for his first win of the season. Photo courtesy of rangers.nhl.com

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.

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Cam Talbot has struggled so far this season, currently sitting with a 3.48 GAA. Talbot has allowed five goals in two of his starts, but will need to be much stronger against the Flyers with the Rangers looking for a win. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

 

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.

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Lee Stempniak was given a maintenance day for practice today, and is currently listed as day-to-day. It is unclear whether or not he will start on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

 

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.

New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Four

Claude Giroux will not be in the lineup against the Rangers due to an ankle injury. The injury is not expected to be serious, and it is likely just to give him rest. Photo courtesy of nypost.com

 

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.

NOTE: For anyone with a Twitter account, I recently created a twitter page for The Ranger Zone blog (@The_RangerZone). I will be posting links to all articles that are posted, as well as breaking news for the Rangers, as well as some tweets throughout most games. Go check it out!

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