Rangers vs. Flyers
Rangers Leading Regular Season Scorer: Martin St. Louis, 69 points (30 goals, 39 assists).
Flyers Leading Regular Season Scorer: Claude Giroux, 86 points (28 goals, 58 assists).
Rangers Expected Starting Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist, 33-24-5, 2.36 GAA, .920 SV%.
Flyers Expected Starting Goaltender: Ray Emery, 9-12-2, 2.96 GAA, .903 SV%.
Rangers Injuries: Center Derick Brassard (back) and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) are probable. Left winger Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) is out.
Flyers Injuries: Defenseman Nicklas Grossman (ankle) is probable. Right winger Steve Downie ("upper body") is doubtful. Goaltender Steve Mason ("upper body") is out. Defenseman Chris Pronger (concussion) is on injured reserve.
Rangers with Stanley Cup bling: Brad Richards, C; Martin St. Louis, RW.
Flyers with Stanley Cup bling: Ray Emery, G; Hal Gill, D; Vincent Lecavalier, C; Chris Pronger, D.
Something worthwhile about the Rangers: The Rangers had the best penalty killing percentage of any Eastern Conference team in the postseason this past regular season at 85.3 percent.
Something worthwhile about the Flyers: The Flyers have lost eight consecutive road games against the Rangers.
Something useless about the Rangers that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The only people to coach the Penguins and Rangers in a postseason game are Herb Brooks and Craig Patrick.
Something useless about the Flyers that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Flyers center Rick MacLeish is the Flyers' all-time leader in game-winning postseason goals with 10.
Former Penguins on the Rangers: Daniel Carcillo, LW (Carcillo is a former Penguins draft pick but never played for the organization at the NHL level); Rick Kehoe, professional scout; Dominic Moore, C; Ulf Samuelsson, assistant coach; Glen Sather, general manager.
Former Penguins on the Flyers: Hal Gill, D; Adam Hall, RW; Joe Mullen, assistant coach; Kjell Samuelsson, player development.
Who needs to be the difference for the Rangers: Andrew MacDonald, Kimmo Timonen (right), Mark Streit, Braydon Coburn, etc. With the Flyers turning to backup goaltender Ray Emery, the Flyers' defense needs to make life easier on him.
Who needs to be the difference for the Flyers: Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, etc. The Flyers are loaded up front. The Rangers' blue line needs to limit the damage from the likes of Flyers forward Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell.
Best Rangers YouTube Video We Could Find: Rangers left winger Esa Tikkanen's series-clinching overtime goal in a 3-2 win against the Panthers in Game 5 of a 1997 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series:
Best Flyers YouTube Video We Could Find: Flyers right winger Joffrey Lupul series-clinching overtime goal in a 3-2 win against the Capitals in Game 7 of a 2008 Eastern Conference semifinal series:
EN Prediction: Given the Flyers' rotten recent history at Madison Square Garden, an injury to the steady Steve Mason is the last thing they needed. Henrik Lundqvist will give the Rangers a series win. Rangers 4-2.
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