Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers - Game Five

PHT Morning Skate: Rangers seek to eliminate Flyers in Game 6


Thanks to other series wrapping up already, there’s just one game on Tuesday night. The New York Rangers head to Wells Fargo Center looking to finish off the Philadelphia Flyers.

Should the Flyers win and force a Game 7 back in Manhattan, they’ll have to hurry back to make it happen as it’ll be Wednesday night. Just keep that in mind in case we run into a multiple overtime situation tonight.

Game 6: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers [New York leads series 3-2] (7:30 p.m. ET — NBCSN)

The Rangers looked every bit the higher-seeded team in Game 5. Not only did they get great work from Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis again, but they saw guys like Dominic Moore and Marc Staal get on the board to establish the lead. It might sound obvious, but one thing the Flyers have to make sure to do is score first, or at the very least, not get down 3-0 before starting to find the offense.

If there’s something for the Flyers to be excited about after Game 5, however, it’s that Claude Giroux got off the schneid and scored his first goal of the series. Giroux has needed to be more of a factor against the Rangers and now that he’s found the back of the net, and the Flyers have last change in Game 6, perhaps he’s due to help fulfill his own Mark Messier-like prophecy.

One cause for concern for Philly? Henrik Lundqvist. The King has been strong in this series with a .926 save percentage and in a playoffs where goals have been coming on the regular, that’s an outstanding mark. The Flyers have to try and make him uncomfortable in net for once.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?