The Flyers earned a solid 3-2 regulation win on Thursday night against the Rangers. What does that do for the standings?
Don’t do that to yourself…just enjoy the win.
Brian Elliott played a great game and kept the rusty Flyers in the hunt while they caught their legs and timing after a three-day hiatus.
JVR netted two tips – one off the stick, one off the jaw. Jake Voracek shot a puck and scored.
Let’s do it again tonight for the 2021 series finale against the Rangers.
Flyers vs. Rangers: Three Storylines
A win is a win.
An added benefit to Thursday’s regulation victory was watching the Rangers’ slim playoff hopes become real slim. Still better than the Flyers… but not by much.
The Flyers have a chance to play spoiler tonight and completely shut the door on the Rangers’ hopes of making the playoffs. The Rangers know what is on the line and expect them to throw the kitchen sink at the Flyers for a full 60.
Can the Flyers weather the attack of the Rangers’ skill players like Pavel Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad, and Artemi Panerin?
The Flyers will need to play a collective team-defensive game and keep the pressure on the Rangers’ bottom four defensemen as they did in the back-half of Thursday’s game.
A win is a win.
A Flyers win Friday will officially throw the lights on the Rangers’ 2021 season.
Alex Lyon is scheduled to get the start tonight.
Brian Elliott had arguably the best game of his season on Thursday night as he was the only one who got the 7 pm start-time memo.
That is a tough act to follow.
This will be Lyon’s 2nd start of the season, his first coming in a 6-3 loss to the Caps last Saturday. Lyon got ripped by Ovechkin one-timers and didn’t have much defensive help in front of him.
Hart and Moose can feel his pain…
Additionally, Lyon was given all of 90 minutes heads up that he would be playing for the first time in a year+ due to Carter Hart’s injury.
He knows he is starting Friday.
Can he make the saves? Will he get some team-defense? Potential to match Elliott’s performance?
Time to give Lyon his day in court.
Power On & Power Off
The Flyers power play delivered on Thursday night with both JVR goals coming with the extra man.
In general, the PP looked really strong, with TK getting some time on the right point/half-wall that allowed him to make some shifty plays that generated chances.
When the Flyers were in the offensive zone, it looked solid.
However, the Flyers certainly had their “hiccups” on the man-advantage. They allowed the Rangers some quality odd-man rushes, had trouble with the Rangers full-ice pressure and cut two of their PP’s short by taking penalties.
Man-up penalties are GARBAGE.
The Rangers took six penalties Thursday night and that will certainly be a point of emphasis to clean up tonight.
Can the Flyers keep up the momentum on AND clean up the Power Play?
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