The Blueshirts’ three goal second period would prove to be enough in the last game of the preseason. The Flyers did stage a late comeback but the blue line of New York salvaged their push to hold on to a 4-2 victory. Vladislav Namestnikov might have shown off his known potential tonight, as he netted two points including a power-play snipe which proved to be the game winning goal. Kevin Hayes added an empty netter to secure the win.
The Flyers started hyped prospect Carter Hart and Alexander Georgiev once again went between the pipes for New York. The Wells Fargo Center saw some stellar goaltending from their net minder who stopped all of the ten shots fired upon Hart. Georgiev stood his ground as well shutting out Philly’s weak outing with only four shots.
The boys in blue did execute in the second though. The Flyers defense looked woozy early and often here allowing the Rangers to send a flurry of shots to the opposing net. Three of the twelve shots in the flyers end hit the back of the net. Powerplay master, Kevin Shattenkirk dished the puck to Vinny Letter I with the extra man on the ice to give Vinny his second goal of the preseason. And only 34 seconds later at 1:08 of the period, Brett Howden pounced on an empty puck and smashed it into the net. Howden definitely proved to David Quinn why he didn’t get included in the second round of cuts this game, and eventually meaning the time which I will be discussing later in the article. Namestilkov’s goal came with 17 seconds left on the powerplay. Shatty recorded his second assist.
The third period was a struggle thought for the blueshirts. Thankfully, they were up by three scores because the Flyer’s posted a staggering 18 shots on goal in comparison to the Rangers’ two. Georgiev held his ground, only allowing for star d-man Ivan Provorov and forward James Van Riemsdyk to tickle the twine. The home crowd erupted for Van Riemsdyk who is making his long awaited return to the Flyers. Kevin Hayes came up in the clutch putting the puck in a vacant net to give the Rangers third thirds and final win of the preseason.
This afternoon, Jeff Gorton and company released the final roster, but there is one major question brewing. Where in the world is Lias Andersson?! The 7th overall pick in the 2017 entry draft was sent down to the AHL to play for the Wolfpack. The reason I am not flabbergasted and disgusted with this move, is because the young skater’s experience can always be improved and him shining at a lower level will only boost his confidence. In addition, he will also make an appearance with the Rangers at some point this season. Opening night will also feature an 8 defensemen lineup. This isn’t a surprise with the abundance of defensemen available and also due to the fact that Coach Quinn said he was not opposed to it. All in all, there is a lot of upside in this lineup and we can absolutely make a run with our veterans still playing.
#NYR Active Roster:
Forwards (13): Buchnevich, Chytil, Fast, Hayes, Howden, Kreider, Lettieri, McLeod, Namestnikov, Spooner, Vesey, Zibanejad, Zuccarello
Defensemen (8): Claesson, DeAngelo, McQuaid, Pionk, Shattenkirk, Skjei, Smith, Staal
Goaltenders (2): Georgiev, Lundqvist