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Rangers going with same lineup vs. Flyers

Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Rangers going with same lineup vs. Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Coming off one of the New York Rangers' better efforts of the season in their previous game, coach John Tortorella said he will stick with the same lineup he used Saturday when his team faces the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

That means Henrik Lundqvist will be back in goal. In seven games since the calendar flipped to April, Lundqvist is 5-1-1 with a 1.53 goals-against average and .948 save percentage. In the Rangers' 1-0 overtime win against the New York Islanders, Lundqvist stopped all 29 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season.

"If he wasn't standing on his head that game we would not have won that one," defenseman Anton Stralman told NHL.com. "He saved us two points right there."

The Flyers, who won 7-3 at the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, opted not to skate Tuesday. They will have at least one lineup change; defenseman Kent Huskins is out indefinitely with a concussion sustained on a first-period hit by the Canadiens' Ryan White. In addition, the Flyers announced Tuesday that Bruno Gervais needs surgery to repair a torn stomach muscle and will be out indefinitely.

The team Tuesday recalled two defensemen from their American Hockey League affiliate, Brandon Manning and Matthew Konan. Manning was a plus-1 with six shots on goal in four NHL games last season; he has 21 points and 135 penalty minutes in 65 AHL games this season. Konan, an undrafted free agent signed last April after five seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League, has two goals and four assists in 42 AHL games this season. He's also spent time in the ECHL.

With the Flyers having played Monday, it's possible Steve Mason could start in net. In three career games against the Rangers, Mason is 1-0-1 with a 3.29 GAA and .907 save percentage. In seven games against the Rangers as a member of the Flyers, Bryzgalov is 1-6-0 with a 3.68 GAA and .863 save percentage.

Here is how the teams likely will lineup when they play Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center:


Mats Zuccarello - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash

Carl Hagelin - Derick Brassard - Ryan Callahan

Ryane Clowe - Brad Richards - Brian Boyle

Taylor Pyatt - Darroll Powe - Arron Asham

Dan Girardi - Ryan McDonagh

Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman

John Moore - Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

Martin Biron

Scratched: Roman Hamrlik, Matt Gilroy

Injured: Marc Staal (eye), Derek Dorsett (collarbone)


Simon Gagne - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds

Danny Briere - Brayden Schenn - Scott Hartnell

Jay Rosehill - Ruslan Fedotenko - Adam Hall

Luke Schenn - Oliver Lauridsen

Erik Gustafsson - Kimmo Timonen

Kurtis Foster - Brandon Manning

Steve Mason

Ilya Bryzgalov

Scratched: Matthew Konan, Mike Knuble

Injured: Bruno Gervais (torn stomach muscle), Nicklas Grossmann (concussion), Braydon Coburn (shoulder), Andrej Meszaros (shoulder), Maxime Talbot (leg), Zac Rinaldo (ankle), Jody Shelley (hip)


Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres