Flyers Notes: Flyers tested by abundance of early road games

New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) and Philadelphia Flyers center Maxime Talbot (25), of Canada, fight in the third period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. The Rangers defeated the Flyers 2-1. Callahan appeared to have been injured during the fight. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) and Philadelphia Flyers center Maxime Talbot (25), of Canada, fight in the third period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. The Rangers defeated the Flyers 2-1. Callahan appeared to have been injured during the fight. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (AP)
Posted: January 30, 2013

NEW YORK - Not only is the Flyers' schedule condensed early in the season, but six of their first eight games are on the road.

The Flyers are 1-4 on the road after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

"Play home or away, it shouldn't change your game plan or the way you play," captain Claude Giroux said before the game. "You just have to go out there and make sure you show up."

Giroux acknowledged that didn't happen in the team's previous game, a 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

"I don't know if it was because it was back-to-back games, but mentally, we weren't there - we weren't playing the way we want to play," Giroux said after the morning skate. "We had a day off [Monday] and got some rest" heading into Tuesday.

The Flyers finished with a 25-13-3 road record last season, when they tied Boston for the most NHL road victories.

Lineup changes

Defenseman Andreas Lilja made his season debut, Ilya Bryzglaov was back in the net, and winger Zac Rinaldo - who missed the last four games with a leg laceration - replaced Tye McGinn.

Lilja replaced Kurtis Foster, who was a healthy scratch. McGinn has been impressive since being recalled from the AHL's Phantoms.

Danny Briere was again at wing, but his wrist is improving and he even took a first-period faceoff.

Tom Sestito played in the 2-1 win over the Rangers on Thursday and was also in the lineup on Tuesday.

Telltale numbers

Entering Tuesday, the Flyers' power-play was 1 for 21 (4.8 percent) in their four losses and 3 for 10 (30 percent) in their two wins. Their penalty-killing unit had allowed eight goals in 21 attempts (61.9 percent success rate) in their four losses and surrendered just one goal in eight power plays (87.5 percent) in their two victories.

Breakaways

The Flyers and Rangers won't meet again until March 5. By then, the Flyers hope that Scott Hartnell (broken foot) and Andrej Meszaros (shoulder) are back in the lineup. . . . Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen, and Mike Knuble, along with equipment manager Harry Bricker and traveling secretary Bryan Hardenbergh, went to a taping of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday and then posed for photos on the set with the TV show's star.


 

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