The game’s indoors, so there won’t be crickets on the ice tripping up players, as Tie Domi claimed he was felled on a breakaway the first time they played out there.
Ya boys have scored eight goals in five games (1-4), three of those against the Flyers’ ferocious defense and goaltending.
They return home tonight, take a day off tomorrow, then practice at home Sunday (with Derek Stepan for the first time), Monday and Tuesday before heading to Arizona for the season opener Thursday.
Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t scheduled to play tonight, but now will because he didn’t want last night’s debacle to be his final tuneup. This will be a last look by coach Alain Vigneault for a number of players, including J.T. Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Brandon Mashinter, Stu Bickel, Justin Falk and Conor Allen, and probably Darroll Powe and Arron Asham, too.
Here’s the lineup, courtesy of Andrew Gross’s blog:
Benoit Pouilot-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
J.T. Miller-Oscar Lindberg-Marek Hrivik
Chris Kreider-Brian Boyle-Jesper Fast
Brandon Mashinter-Darroll Powe-Arron Asham
John Moore-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Stu Bickel
Justin Falk-Conor Allen