Flyers vs Rangers Preview: Points are a premium heading into local showdown

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Philadelphia enters tonight’s game coming off a 5-4 SOL to the Red Wings on Tuesday. The Flyers look to get back on the winning side of things with a win over a struggling Rangers team.

New York enters tonight’s game coming off a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. The Rangers look to end a 2-game losing streak against the slumping Flyers.

Flyers Lineup (Projected 3/21)

Giroux – Couturier – Konecny

Lindblom – Patrick – Voracek

Weal – Filppula – Simmonds

Lehtera – Laughton – Read

 

Provorov – Gostisbehere

Sanheim – MacDonald

Manning – Gudas

 

Starter – Lyon

Backup – Mrazek

 

Scratches

20-Leier

22-Weise

23-Manning

 

Points At A Premium
With 8 games remaining in the season, every point the Flyers get from here on out is more valuable then ever. Over the final 8 games, the Flyers can get a max of 16 points.

If the Flyers get those 16 points, they will end the season with 102 points. Plenty enough to make the playoffs.

However, with only 8 games remaining, you can take 2 points off that total for each time the Flyers lose. If the Flyers go on a losing streak, that number could drop fairly quickly.

A good number for the Flyers to aim for is 96. They can get there by having a winning record over their final 8 games. Something like 5-3-0 or 4-2-2.

 

Whose The Starter?
With Michael Neuvirth aiming to return on the quick 2-game west road trip next week, who starts for the Flyers now?

Mrazek has struggled ever since his first 3 games with the team and Lyon cant seem to find his outstanding form in his relief appearances when he starts.

Therefore, whose the starter?

Well, if I was a betting man, my money would be on Mrazek due to his NHL track record. But, Alex Lyon has done nothing but impress over his last 3 appearances and deserves a shot to start.

So, I guess we will find out tomorrow at somepoint because the Flyers are in a period now of optional morning skates.

 

Game 75 New York Rangers Philadelphia PA NBCSports Philadelphia 7:00pm

 

Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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