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NYR-Flyers Game 5 Preview: Puck drops about 12:20

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Detroit

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of a game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Some thoughts:

It's Henrik Lundqvist (2-2, 1.76, .927) vs. Steve Mason (1-0, 0.89, .976)

Rangers defense expected to be the same; only change upfront could be J.T. Miller, there was some speculation on that yesterday during the optional. We'll see what happens in warmups.

D Hal Gill expected in for Flyers, Nicklas Grossman definitely out.

All our coverage is over on the Rangers page at newsday.com/sports. Wrote yesterday about the power play, Rick Nash's semi-callout by AV, Gill, Carcillo, and Arthur Staple offered a Flyers update.

Martin St. Louis leads Rangers in scoring (2-3-5), Jakub Voracek tops Flyers at 2-1-3

Couple stats:

According to Elias, the winner of Game 5 of a 2-2 series has won 180 of 227 best-of-sevens, close to 80 percent.

If Rangers lose today and are down 3-2, they have rallied to win Game 6 four times, including twice in the last two seasons. They also have won all four Game 7s at home.

And as always, remember to follow here and on twitter @stevezipay. Thanks for reading, asking questions and offering your opinions.

Oh, and as I've been saying most of the last few seasons, get away from the laptop and computer as often as possible, and go out and support live music...

 

 

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