NEW YORK --
The Rangers won't mess with success. They also have little choice with all the injuries they're facing of late.
John Tortorella said he will ice the same team he used in the Rangers' 4-2 win against the Islanders on Thursday for Friday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers
at Madison Square Garden. The only change will be in net, as Henrik Lundqvist
will make the start after Biron picked up the win Thursday.
Personnel won't change, but there might be some shuffling of the lines. Tortorella was asked about the performance of the Carl Hagelin
-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan line against the Islanders on Thursday and wasn't pulling punches.
"Not too much," Tortorella said when asked what the thought of the line. "They didn't accomplish a whole hell of a lot."
That could be a sign that Brandon Dubinsky
, who scored his second goal of the season, will be elevated to that line in place of Hagelin. Defenseman Jeff Woywitka
(foot) is out, but Tortorella wouldn't say if the injury was long-term or short-term.
There's some guesswork, but this is likely the lineup the Rangers will send out against the Flyers:
- Derek Stepan
- Marian Gaborik
- Brad Richards
- Ryan Callahan
- Brian Boyle
- John Mitchell
- Ruslan Fedotenko
- Brandon Prust
- Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto
- Anton Stralman
- Stu Bickell
The Flyers, meanwhile, will be without Danny Briere
against the Rangers. Again, the Flyers didn't reveal their lines at Friday morning's practice, but they could look this way:
- Claude Giroux
- Jaromir Jagr
James van Riemsdyk
- Matt Read
- Wayne Simmonds
- Maxime Talbot
- Jakub Voracek
- Harry Zolnierczyk
- Zac Rinaldo
- Braydon Coburn
- Luc Bourdon
- Andreas Lilja