Flyers Skate Update: McGinn out to prove worth

Flyers Skate Update: McGinn out to prove worth

March 26, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Tye McGinn played just 7:52 in the Flyers' loss on Monday. (USA Today Images)

NEW YORK -- Tye McGinn is starting to feel comfortable.

The 23-year-old winger was recalled over the weekend ahead of the Flyers’ loss to the Los Angeles Kings and will play again tonight against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden (see game notes).

So far this season, McGinn has three goals in a Flyers uniform.

Tonight, coach Craig Berube is hoping to get him some more ice time. McGinn played just 7:52 in Monday’s loss.

“It got a little -- not screwed up, but in the third period we were down a couple goals, so I didn’t use him as much,” Berube said. “I used [Claude] Giroux’s line a lot and [Brayden] Schenn’s line a lot trying to get back into the game. He lost his ice time in the third period.”

McGinn replaced Steve Downie on the Flyers’ third line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read against the Kings, and will do so again against the Rangers. Downie remains out of the lineup with an upper-body injury.

Having played with Couturier during the lockout last year with the Phantoms has helped him know what to expect -- and has helped him make a case that he deserves to stay in the NHL.

“Anytime I get the call I try to do the best I can,” McGinn said. “Just got to take every game, every shift and do my best.”

And against the Rangers, no matter how much playing time he sees, McGinn knows what he needs to do.

“Just play hard and help these guys win,” he said. “Every game counts. Especially how close everything is right now. Just to prepare myself to play every shift that I can. That’s what I’ve got to do.”

Downie update
Downie remains sidelined with the upper-body injury he sustained early in Saturday’s win over the St. Louis Blues. He has not skated since leaving the game, but Berube said he is improving.

“He was feeling better yesterday,” Berube said. “Right now it’s just kind of a day-to-day thing.”

There’s a chance, Berube added, that Downie could feel well enough to practice Thursday.

Power up
The Flyers’ power play has been bipolar this season. It ranks just 27th in the league at the Wells Fargo Center, but is atop the league on the road, at 25.8 percent, on the road.

Capitalizing on the man advantage could go a long way for the Flyers tonight, in one of their most critical games of the season (see story).

“If you score two goals on the power play and the penalty kill goes 100 percent, there’s a good chance you’re going to win the game,” Jakub Voracek said. “Obviously special teams are huge, and hopefully we’re going to continue that tonight.”

Start strong
The Flyers failed to show up in Monday’s loss until it was too late -- and despite putting together a valiant third-period effort, they weren’t able to claw their way out of the early hole they dug.

Against the Rangers, Berube warns, they can’t allow the same thing to happen again.

“The last time in this building, we lost the game in the first 10 minutes,” Berube said. “They came at us hard on the forecheck, and we didn’t do a good enough job handling it. That’s important tonight for sure. And it’s important that we get the puck in deep right away and establish the forecheck.”

Lundqvist vs. Mason
As expected, Steve Mason gets the start in net for the Flyers. Mason was in net for both of the Flyers’ wins over the Rangers this season, and currently posts a .916 save percentage and 2.53 goals-against average (see story).

Across the ice from Mason, the Rangers will start Henrik Lundqvist, who is 29-22-4 with a .918 save percentage and 2.43 goals-against average.