Tuesday, September 17, 2013
W2W4: Rangers at Flyers
By Katie Strang
At a glance: The Rangers play their second game in as many nights when they head to Philadelphia to square off against the Flyers, but with a fresh crop of faces following Monday night's 2-1 loss to the Devils.
Eyes on Oscar: Perhaps the Rangers' most intriguing piece of leverage in the Derek Stepan contract stalemate? The emergence of young center Oscar Lindberg. The young Swede has impressed management and coaches alike. According to coach Alain Vigneault, the 21-year-old will get a "real, solid look."
Still no Step: Still unsigned, restricted free agent Stepan has now missed six days of training camp while he awaits resolution with his contract situation. Stepan is the first holdout since Brandon Dubinsky back in 2009. Dubinsky missed eight days before ultimately signing a two-year deal.
Fresh faces: The Flyers added to their roster with some newsworthy off-season moves, the biggest of which was the signing of long-time Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier. Philly also brought in former Islanders captain Mark Streit on defense.
Power outage: It's a little early to resume assailing the power-play, but the Rangers clearly still have some work to do. The struggling unit, which was a dismal 15.7 percent last season, failed to cash in on all of four man-up opportunities Monday night against the Devils.
New era in net: Goaltender Steve Mason, acquired by the Flyers in a trade last April, gets the start Tuesday for Philadelphia. The Flyers cut ties with Ilya Bryzgalov via compliance buyout this summer.