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Mika Zibanejad is in a bit of a goal-scoring drought, but has four points in his last five games and is excellent on the power play, especially at setting up teammates. Look for him and the rest of the Rangers to take advantage of a fragile penalty kill.
Goalie Matchup
33 Cal Pickard30 Henrik Lundqvist
3-1-2, 4.13 GAA, .858 SV%8-6-2, 2.61 GAA, .919 SV%

Cal Pickard figures to get the start on Friday after coming on in relief of Alex Lyon on Wednesday. Pickard stopped all eight shots faced in the remaining 40 minutes of Wednesday’s loss to Buffalo. In his last start, Pickard allowed six goals on 26 shots to Tampa Bay in an overtime loss.

Henrik Lundqvist has been solid of late with wins in three of his last four games, allowing four goals in the three wins. He did allow five goals to the Islanders in a start on Nov. 15, but otherwise, he’s looked more like the King Henrik of old.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Michael Raffl, Brian Elliott, Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Jori Lehtera, Andrew MacDonald

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux14 Sean Couturier11 Travis Konecny
22 Dale Weise19 Nolan Patrick93 Jake Voracek
25 James van Riemsdyk40 Jordan Weal17 Wayne Simmonds
23 Oskar Lindblom21 Scott Laughton39 Tyrell Goulbourne
Defense  
9 Ivan Provorov8 Robert Hagg 
53 Shayne Gostisbehere26 Christian Folin 
6 Travis Sanheim3 Radko Gudas 
Goalie  
33 Cal Pickard  

Lineup Notes

The Flyers made a roster move on Thanksgiving, sending Nicolas Aube-Kubel back to the Phantoms and bringing Tyrell Goulbourne back to the NHL roster. Goulbourne slots into the lineup for Jori Lehtera.

Rangers Projected Lineup

Left WingCenterRight Wing
20 Chris Kreider13 Kevin Hayes90 Vladislav Namestnikov
36 Mats Zuccarello93 Mika Zibanejad17 Jesper Fast
26 Jimmy Vesey21 Brett Howden16 Ryan Strome
72 Filip Chytil50 Lias Andersson38 Steven Fogarty
Defense  
18 Marc Staal44 Neal Pionk 
33 Fredrik Claesson22 Kevin Shattenkirk 
76 Brady Skjei77 Anthony DeAngelo 
Goalie  
30 Henrik Lundqvist  

Game Notes

Where to Watch
TV: NBC
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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