Rangers-Taylor Pyatt: A somewhat unheralded off-season acquisition---especially with most Blueshirts observers focused on the Rick Nash trade---Taylor Pyatt has quickly won trust and praise from head coach John Tortorella. A big, smart veteran winger, Pyatt has scored two goals in the first three games of the season, both by going hard to the net---exactly what you want your big men to be doing consistently. Pyatt crashed the crease to redirect a pass into the cage Sunday against the Penguins, and then stationed himself in front of the Bruins net to score on a rebound in the second period last night. In addition his play along the wall and on the forecheck have been exemplary, so far, and his defensive play has been solid. Pyatt plays a big role against a big, physical Flyers team this evening, no matter if he stays on the second line---where he finished up on Wednesday---or skates in his more accustomed third-line role.
Flyers-Ilya Bryzgalov: Philly is desperate for a victory tonight, plain and simple, and with such a banged-up depleted lineup, Bryzgalov may have to outduel Henrik Lundqvist and steal a win for the Flyers. Of course that means that Bryzgalov will have to play much better than he has so far this season where he has produced just a .902 save percentage. of course his teammates have not played particularly well in front of him, but the eccentric netminder is paid handsomly to produce big-time performances even when his team is struggling. Bryzgalov also is looking to put a strange 2011-12 campaign behind him, one in which he did win 33 games, but also seemed very shaky at times and finished with only a .909 save percentage.