The New York Rangers got the job done on home ice in Game 5, and they have the chance to eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6. The Rangers are trying to avoid a Game 7 for the umpteenth time, and the Flyers are trying to force another contest at MSG.
Although the Blueshirts would like to get things done on Tuesday, they are undefeated in their lifetime in Game 7s. Tuesday's elimination matchup has the potential to be amazing, and here is everything you need to know before the game.
|Date||Final Score||Series Stats/TV Information|
|Thursday, April 17||NYR 4, PHI 1||Rangers Lead, 1-0|
|Sunday, April 20||PHI 4, NYR 2||Series Tied, 1-1|
|Tuesday, April 22||NYR 4, PHI 1||Rangers Lead, 2-1|
|Friday, April 25||PHI 2, NYR 1||Series Tied, 2-2|
|Sunday, April 27||NYR 4, PHI 2||Rangers Lead, 3-2|
|Tuesday, April 29||Rangers at Flyers||MSG, CSN, NBCSN|
|*Wednesday, April 30||Flyers at Rangers||MSG, CSN, NBCSN|
Where Can I Watch?
Time: Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: NBCSN, MSG, CSN
Key Storylines for Game 6
Heading into Game 6, the Rangers are coming off a performance in which they dominated the Flyers at even strength. The Flyers scored on the power play and during a 6-on-5 situation late in the game with the goalie pulled.
During even strength the Flyers offense looked flat, and it was a rare game in which Claude Giroux scored, but his team lost. With Game 6 being an elimination game, the Flyers are going to play with some extra passion.
That passion could lead to penalties, and that could lead to more special teams chances for the Rangers.
The Blueshirts’ power play has been inept in Philadelphia, but after a strong performance in Game 5, momentum could ultimately give them the boost they need.
Key Matchup: Special Teams Units
Special teams play is going to be very important in Game 6, especially for the Flyers. As previously stated, the Flyers haven’t been able to keep up with the Rangers during 5-on-5 play, so they will need to take advantage on the power play.
Conversely, the Rangers’ PK unit will need to be top-notch, and they will need the power play to produce. Elimination games are usually played very close to the vest, so look for special teams success to be a crucial difference-maker in Game 6.
Goaltending Tale of the Tape
Henrik Lundqvist has had a solid series to date, and he has a record of 3-2-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. He is coming off a strong performance in Game 5, and he will look to shut the door in Game 6.
Steve Mason is 1-1-0 with a 1.92 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage to date. He was great in Game 4, average in Game 5 and he will need to be at his best during Game 6.
Rangers' Projected Lineup
Rick Nash | Derek Stepan | Martin St. Louis
Benoit Pouliot | Derick Brassard | Mats Zuccarello
J.T. Miller | Brad Richards | Carl Hagelin
Brian Boyle | Dominic Moore | Derek Dorsett
Ryan McDonagh | Dan Girardi
Marc Staal | Anton Stralman
John Moore | Kevin Klein
Flyers' Projected Lineup
Scott Hartnell | Claude Giroux | Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl | Brayden Schenn | Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read | Sean Couturier | Jason Akeson
Zac Rinaldo | Vincent Lecavalier | Adam Hall
Kimmo Timonen | Braydon Coburn
Mark Streit | Erik Gustafsson
Andrew MacDonald | Luke Schenn
Rangers Will Win If...
The Blueshirts will send the Flyers to the putting green if they continue to dominate at even strength, play disciplined hockey and generate offense in transition.
They can’t afford to get suckered into playing a grit game that leads to stupid penalties, and if they continue playing like they did in Game 5, this series will be in the bag.
Flyers Will Win If...
If the Flyers find ways to generate 5-on-5 offense, the power play capitalizes and Mason plays like he did in Game 4, Philadelphia will win this game and force a Game 7.
The pressure will be on the Flyers to get the job done at home, and even if they win Game 6, they will be put in a position where they have to do something that hasn’t been done in this series.
No team has won two games in a row, and a Game 6 win would put the Flyers in a position in which they would have to win Game 7 less than 24 hours after the conclusion of Tuesday’s contest.
It isn’t an impossible task by any means, but the Flyers will need to execute if they want to win Game 6.
Prediction: New York Rangers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1
Based on the Flyers’ play in Game 5, it is fair to say that they will get eliminated Tuesday night. Flyers beat writer Sam Carchidi of The Inquirer pointed out how the Rangers have been dominating the Flyers at even strength, and Game 6 should be very tight in nature.
That favors the Rangers because thus far their talent has outplayed the Flyers. Look for it to be a close 2-1 game until the end and for the Rangers to seal the deal with an empty-net goal.