The winner of this series, we know now, will open the next round in Pittsburgh, which beat Columbus to clinch its series in six games last night. That series will begin whenever the hell NBC pleases. Of course, if the Flyers win tonight, a Game 7 will be played Wednesday at the Garden, the third game in four days, after four games in the first 10 days of the series.
By now you all know the numbers. Ya boys have 11 straight losses when leading a series (an NHL record) and have lost nine straight games after going up by one in a series. Also, home teams are 31-16 (66 percent) when facing elimination since 2011.
So there’s that.
Not sure if Alain Vigneault sticks with J.T. Miller in Game 6, or goes back to Dan Carcillo in Philadelphia. Miller skated with Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards in warmups. I don’t recall AV ever changing his lineup after a win, and he’s done it twice off losses in this series. Also no idea if Carcillo might have been banged up before Vigneault made the decision to use Miller.
The Flyers will go with Erik Gustafsson in place of poor old Hal Gill, who was steamrolled by the Rangers’ speed while playing for only the seventh time this season in Game 5. Nick Grossmann needs ankle surgery and is out 8-10 weeks. So, barring NBC changing things up, that knocks him out of the rest of this series.
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