The Flyers need the points they can't lose in their home town to the hated Rangers.. Goon it up in Feb when it is a regular game win baby win LGR
Exactly. It makes sense because none of those players really bring anything else to the table. I am not sure what is more surprising though, that Philly decided to do that, or that they carry (3) extra skaters
If he feels he's ready to go, why hold him back for 2 weeks?
there's no substitute for match-fitness IMO, they are better getting him out there in limited minutes so he can work his way up
of course he feels ready to go...its the winter classic
if it wasnt the winter classic or a playoff situation, the Rangers arent going to let Staal play tonight. he was cleared for contact what, less than a week ago? no games since last year? you need more time than that to get back into shape. he looked slow, and easily winded....again, its not surprising, and again, i would have let him play tonight if i were the coach. its a big game for both these teams.
Listening to the Lundqvist post-match presser, he wasn't just paying token lip-service to Marc Staal. You can tell that Hank got a huge boost mentally from Staal being in the lineup and I would imagine that feeling was replicated throughout the locker room.