New York Rangers lineup vs Flyers still has no Ryan Strome, in goal Igor Shesterkin
The New York Rangers will take on the Philadelphia Flyers and Ryan Strome remains out of the lineup with a lower-body injury.
This will the fourth game he’s missed since going down at the end of the first period last Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.
“Strome’s not playing tonight,” Gerard Gallant said without providing any additional update.
Strome, 28, has 45 points (15G -30A) through 62 games this season for the Blueshirts. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer
New York Rangers lineup has Igor Shesterkin in goal
Igor Shesterkin will get right back at it tonight for the New York Rangers after a disappointing 3-0 loss against the Islanders. He finished with 15 saves as the Rangers (44-20-5, 93 points) saw a four-game winning streak halted and dropped to 8-3-0 in their past 11 games.
New York remains five points behind the first-place Carolina Hurricanes in the Metropolitan Division and one ahead of the third-place Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to losses by each team on Saturday.
Other lineup changes include Justin Braun coming in for Braden Schneider on defense. Plus Jonny Brodzinski and Julien Gauthier get back into action with Greg McKegg and Dryden Hunt out.
“He’s a veteran guy,” Gallant said of Braun. “I coached against him when he was in San Jose. Solid defenseman. Defensive defenseman that moves the puck well.”
Meanwhile, the Flyers have been outscored 21-11 during a four-game losing streak and allowed four third-period goals during Saturday’s 6-3 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It marked the 11th time this season they’ve allowed at least six goals.
The Rangers want to bounce back quickly against a Flyers team they’ve beaten three straight times. They are also 5-2-1 in their last 8 games against Philadelphia.
After Friday night’s lackluster performance, the Rangers will not be taking the Flyers lightly.
“We’ve got 13 games left in the year, and it’s a crucial time for us, making sure our game is in top order, and we’re playing the best we can and our habits are good and we’re competing,” Barclay Goodrow said Saturday. “We have 13 games left in the season to get our game in the right direction and feel confident in ourselves.”
New York is 16-6-2 following a loss this season.
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