The Philadelphia Flyers enter an important Game 2 this afternoon in New York.
Today is the last game in New York before the series shifts to Philadelphia for two games. The Flyers don’t want to head home in a 2-0 hole. Philadelphia has lost nine straight games at Madison Square Garden while being held to two or fewer goals in those nine games and in 15 of their last 18. The struggles are real and they continued on Thursday night.
Philadelphia needs a win to grab some momentum in the series. After the Flyers jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Thursday night, it was all New York as they would tie the game three and a half minutes later then dominate the third period to the tune of three goals while outshooting the Flyers 13-1 in the frame.
The Flyers announced on Saturday goaltender Steve Mason is still out and would not be available Sunday despite practicing by himself on Friday and then with the whole team on Saturday. Cal Heeter, who was sent down on Saturday, will rejoin the team to backup Game 2 starter Ray Emery.
The Flyers’ top line needs to step up in a big way today and remind everyone why it is one of the best lines in all of hockey. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek combined to fire three shots on Thursday and none of them were on net. Scott Hartnell ended up with the Flyers’ only assist and two shots on goal. They need to be better if the Flyers want to return home with a split of the first two games.
The Rangers have to feel confident with where they are at entering Game 2. They flexed their muscles on Thursday night and grabbed the game when it was up for grabs in the third period. In addition to taking Game 1 in the fashion they did, the Rangers also continued their dominance at home over the Flyers which is a good way to kick off the series.
No major injuries were suffered in Game 1 so the lineups are expected to look the same for this afternoon.
The game will be nationally televised on NBC beginning at noon.