Rangers at Flyers.
Light up the ESB in orange and black! Ya boys roll onto Broad Street and into the Arena That Changes Names Every Five Minutes minus their goaltender, their captain, their leading scorer, etc.
Cam Talbot makes his NHL debut in place of mysteriously-injured Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers will also be without Ryan Callahan, Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin (who can return from IR Tuesday). Lundqvist is on the trip, but his status beyond tonight is unknown. Jason Missiaen will back up Talbot.
Mats Zuccarello and Justin Falk are prucha’d, as Michael Del Zotto goes back into the lineup, along with call-ups Chris Kreider and Brandon Mashinter.
They play the eighth of this unending nine-game season-opening road trip (15 if you count the ridiculous preseason odyssey). They begin a stretch of four games in six nights. The Rangers are in Detroit Saturday, then open at home Monday and visit lovely Uniondale Tuesday.
As my late great aunt used to say, “Flyers suck.” They are 1-7, have already had a coaching change, and are in worse shape than the Rangers. Vinny Lecavalier is expected back; Scott Hartnell remains out.
The Rangers have won 11 of the last 13 meetings … but those were all with different coaches, different goalies and much different lineups.
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