By Jenny Masters
The COVID-19-depleted Flyers (8-3-2, third in the East division) resume their bizarre season tonight at the Wells against the New York Rangers (4-7-3, seventh in the East division).
Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said he didn’t expect the seven players on the COVID-19 protocol list to be able to play tonight.
That means the Flyers will be without six regulars, including forwards Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Jake Voracek, Oskar Lindblom, and Scott Laughton. Defenseman Justin Braun is the other regular who will miss the game. The other player on the COVID list, center Morgan Frost, is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury.
The Rangers are 4-7-3 against the rest of their division. New York averages 9.9 penalty minutes per game, the ninth-most in the Nhl. Chris Kreider leads the team serving 17 total minutes.
James van Riemsdyk leads the Flyers with 18 points, scoring seven goals and collecting 11 assists. Jakub Voracek has three goals and seven assists over the last 10 games.
Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers with five goals and has 15 points. Ryan Strome has four goals and two assists over the last 10 games for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES: Flyers: 6-2-2, averaging 3.4 goals, 6.1 assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .912 save percentage.
Rangers: 3-5-2, averaging 2.2 goals, 3.6 assists, 4.3 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while allowing 2.6 goals per game with a .911 save percentage.
Flyers: Travis Sanheim: out (covid-19 ).
Rangers: Justin Richards: out (health protocols), Jack Johnson: day to day (lower body), Filip Chytil: out (upper body), Jacob Trouba: day to day (upper body).