This is going to be talked about for a while if this doesn’t work.
Reports out of the Philadelphia Flyers morning skate prior to their decisive Game 6 against the New York Rangers are there will be no lineup changes to the Game 5 lineup. Nicklas Grossmann is still scratched with a lower-body injury and Hal Gill will still be replacing him in the lineup.
After a forgettable Game 5 against the Rangers, many expected Gill to be scratched for Game 6 in favor of puck-moving defenseman Erik Gustafsson. That does not appear to be the case as of this morning but, like always, things can change between now and the start of the game.
Gill missed a golden opportunity to get the Flyers on the board in the second period of Game 5 but fired the shot wide of the open net. Later on the same shift, Braydon Coburn’s pass ended up in Gill’s skates where the 39-year-old could not control the puck.
Enter: Dominic Moore.
The speedy New York forward was able to get the loose puck from Gill’s skates and, with a burst of speed, pull away from Gill and in on Flyers goaltender Steve Mason. Mason got a piece of Moore’s shot but not enough as it hit Mason’s shoulder and trickled into the net to put the Rangers up 3-0.
The goal turned out to be the game-winner so it is easy to see why fans were calling for Gustafsson to be in the Game 6 lineup.
The Wells Fargo Center figures to be rocking tonight for Game 6. The game is slated to start at 7:30 pm and can be seen locally on Comcast Sportsnet and nationally on NBC Sports Network.