This has been one odd year.
The Rangers started the season 3-7-2.
They were sellers at the Trade Deadline for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
The Blueshirts are missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
And for the first time in his career, Henrik Lundqvist will finish the season with less than 30 wins (excluding the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign).
If you saw all this coming at the beginning of the season please go buy yourself a lottery ticket.
However, it’s highly unlikely you predicted each event.
And for those of you who will be lost without hockey, get your fill against the Flyers, because it’s going to be a long six months.
DEEP ROOTED CONNECTIONS
Flyers’ right-winger Dale Weise played 10 games for the Rangers during the 2010-11 season. And the Blueshirts selected Weise in the fourth-round (111th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Ian Laperriere (Flyers Assistant Coach) appeared in 28 games for the Rangers back in the 1995-96 season.
PLAYER TO WATCH
FLYERS: CLAUDE GIROUX. The Flyers’ 30-year-old centerman is having a career-year. With 98 points already in the bank, Giroux has a decent shot at his first career 100-point season. And, he’s doing everything possible to put the Flyers in the playoffs. With points in 17 of his last 18 games, it won’t be his fault if Philadelphia misses out on the postseason dance.
RANGERS: HENRIK LUNDQVIST. This has been an unusual year for the King. Between the Rangers’ underperformance and Lundqvist barely playing over the last month, it’s no wonder Henrik has been very frustrated. But against the Flyers, Lundqvist gets a chance to end his season on a high note.
Henrik Lundqvist draws the start.
On Friday afternoon, the Rangers recalled Forwards Matt Beleskey and Steven Fogarty from Hartford. And both will make their Rangers’ debuts against the Flyers.
WHERE TO WATCH
The game will be broadcast on NBC at 3 pm ET. For in-game coverage check out our Twitter account @NYRBlueBulletin.
There are only 60 regulations minutes remaining in the Rangers most disappointing season since 2009-10.
Hopefully some strategic offseason moves by management will hasten the pace of the Blueshirts’ rebuild.