The Rangers were 0-2 during the season at the Arena That Changes Names Every Five Minutes. One of the losses came during the 2-6 start of that nine-game road trip. Since then, the Rangers were 22-8-3 on the road, and tied for the Eastern lead with 25 road wins.
Home teams in the East are 4-6, as opposed to 11-0 out West.
Sounds as if ex-Flyer Daniel Carcillo will go back into the lineup in place of Jesper Fast, adding a little extra snarl to this series. Alain Vigneault would not confirm that this morning, and when asked if he thought the game would be more physical, he asked “why?” When told it’s Philly, and Philly’s physical, he said, “I’m from the West; haven’t heard of that.”
The Rangers are 19-9-3 with Carcillo in the lineup … of course, if Vigneault believed Carcillo was the reason they were 19-9-3 Carcillo would always be in the lineup, no?
Some changes for the Flyers, too. Vinny Lecavalier will move up to the second line, from the fourth. And No. 1 goalie Steve Mason is feeling well enough to be the backup to Ray Emery tonight. Mason (probable concussion) could then be available if needed to start Game 4.
The Rangers will prucha Fast (unless AV decides against the Carcillo change), J.T. Miller, Justin Falk, Raphael Diaz and Ryan Haggerty. Chris Kreider (hand surgery) remains out indefinitely.
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