Flyers aim to end Rangers' recent dominance
Friday, 02.10.2012 / 4:04 PM
Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing EditorRANGERS (34-13-5) at FLYERS (31-16-7)
TV: MSG, CSN-Philadelphia
New York 6-3-1; Philadelphia 4-3-3
This is the fifth meeting between the Atlantic Division rivals, with the Rangers winning the first four. Most recently, Artem Anisimov
had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win in New York on Feb. 5.
Can the Rangers continue their dominance against the Flyers? They've won the last six meetings against their division rival, dating to March 6, 2011.
Rangers: Ruslan Fedotenko
arrived at the Rangers' practice facility to work out Friday, but after a few minutes on the stationary bike, it was ruled that the veteran forward would not make the trip to Philadelphia for Saturday's game.
Fedotenko was knocked out of Thursday's game by a hard hit to the head from Tampa Bay's Dominic Moore.
In Fedotenko's place, the Rangers likely will dress defenseman Stu Bickel
and go with seven blueliners.
Finally healthy after a first half of the season that saw him suffer shoulder, foot and head injuries, Brayden Schenn
appears to be starting to live up to the vast potential that greeted his arrival in the June deal that sent former Flyers captain Mike Richards to the Kings.
"I think he is finally feeling like he is here and a contributing factor," coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's just a tough start when you have three injuries the way he did right from camp. You train all summer, you come to camp and you hope to come in and have an impact and then there are substantial injuries and substantial time. I do think it takes away from everything -- your timing, your game conditioning and everything you need to play. I do feel like now he is getting it back and finding his way out there."
Schenn's goal in Thursday's win against the Maple Leafs was his fourth in his last seven games; he had 2 goals in his first 19 games.
In four games against the Flyers this season, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist
has allowed just six goals on 118 shots (.949 save percentage). … Schenn is getting hot at the right time for the Flyers -- he's the only Philadelphia player to score more than once on Lundqvist this season.
Besides Fedotenko, the only other Rangers regular out will be defenseman Michael Sauer
(concussion). … The Flyers will be without forward James van Riemsdyk
, who has a concussion. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
is questionable due to the flu.
Both teams have 114 wins in the all-time series between the teams.
Due to a quirk in the scheduling, this will be the Rangers' first indoor game in Philadelphia this season.
"I was thinking about that last night after the game," Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto
told The (Bergen) Record. "It's a really exciting place to play. The Winter Classic feels like forever ago. Honestly, it was a great experience but (Saturday) will be a totally different experience. That game is not going to come in at all."