Rangers Seek Redemption vs. Flyers

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Rangers: With only two power play goals in their first five games, covering 22 opportunities, so far, the Rangers spent extra time at practice on Monday trying to straighten things out. Since it was only the second practice the team has had since the season started, it was a rare on-ice teaching opportunity for John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan, apart from what they have done in the classroom and with video. Torts and many of his players expressed the belief that the Rangers took strides in the right direction on the power play during Thursday night's game, despite an oh-for-4 result. One of the changes Tortorella made Saturday---and stayed with during practice Monday---was switching Brad Richards off of the point and returning him to his natural center position, and putting defenseman Dan Girardi at the point alongside fellow defenseman Michael Del Zotto on the top unit. Last year the Rangers had only one power play goal through six games, so technically the Blueshirts are off to a better start in 2013, but the team is well aware that it needs to finish this season better than the 15.7 percent conversion rate it had last year on the power play.

 

Flyers: Claude Giroux was named the 19th captain in Flyers history on January 15th when Chris Pronger---captain since 2011---stepped down due to injury reasons. Giroux became the ninth different Flyers captain in the last 13 years, with Eric Lindros, Keith Primeau, and Mike Richards among those who filled the role since 2000. Lou Angotti was the first-ever captain of the Flyers, during their inaugural season of 1967-68---a mere 20 years before Giroux was even born. Bobby Clarke, who captained both of Philly's Stanley Cup winning teams in the mid-1970s, was the longest tenured captain in franchise history---seven years---while Dave Poulin and Lindros each served six years wearing the C.