Looks like Flyers pest Dan Carcillo is in for Game 3

Edmonton Oilers forward David Perron and New York Rangers forward Dan Carcillo fight during the...

Edmonton Oilers forward David Perron and New York Rangers forward Dan Carcillo fight during the third period at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:51 PM ET

Although he wasn’t willing to make it official, it looks like Alain Vigneault is going to insert feisty forward Dan Carcillo into the New York Rangers lineup Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Carcillo, who had three goals in 31 games for the Rangers this season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings, has yet to appear in the series. But he does have 37 playoff games on his resume, which is tied 1-1 going into Game 3 at Wells Fargo Center.

“Dan is an experienced player, he brings energy to a team,” Vigneault said. “He’s a hard, smart player. He goes to the tough areas and when he has an opportunity to lay a good, physical hit, he does that.

“With him in our lineup this year, we’ve had a very good record.”

Vigneault wasn’t kidding, the Rangers are actually 19-9-3 when Carcillo suits up.

Although he spoke with reporters, Carcillo wasn't about to spoil the surprise if he's playing.

“I don't deal in hypotheticals,” Carcillo, a former Flyer, said.

Vigneault was asked if he was expecting a more physical game as the series shifts to Philadelphia?

“Why? I thought it was physical in our building. When both teams had the opportunity to hit, they took advantage of it and I don’t see why it would be any different tonight,” Vigneault said.

The reporter followed up the answer by saying it was Philadelphia physical.

“I’m from the West,” said Vigneault, drawing a chuckle from the assembled media. “I hadn’t heard about it.”

The Flyers don’t appear to be making any changes, though head coach Craig Berube left the door open that Steve Mason (upper-body injury) might dress as the backup for Ray Emery tonight.

“There’s always a chance,” Berube said. “See ya.”

Berube did confirm veteran forward Vincent Lecavalier will be bumped up onto the second line with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, who played together for a good chunk of Sunday’s 4-2 Flyers win.

Much of the talk in the Philadelphia dressing room following the morning skate revolved around the fact captain Claude Giroux has only one assist and has yet to record a shot on goal through two games.

Giroux’s teammates were quick to jump to his defence, especially when the subject of the captain passing too much was brought up.

“What are you looking for, what kind of answer are you looking for? I know he’s plus-3 and has one assist and has been very good defensively,” said Flyers winger Jakub Voracek, who plays with Giroux and scored the goal that sparked a four-goal outburst on Sunday.

“We went 1-1 on the road. He’s a great leader and not always does he have to put up four points to make a difference.”

Since the Flyers have the last change on home ice, Berube was asked if he considers himself much of a match-up guy.

“I don’t know. I’m not really looking at that to be honest with you,” Berube said. “I thought that last game, I played my guys and wanted to get my guys out there and that’s what I did.”

In an effort to generate more offence, Berube said his team needs to adopt the mentality of getting more shots on goal against Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

“They’re tight checking. They’re good at it. The whole team needs to find ways to get more pucks to the net.” Berube added. “It’s more of a mentality thing I think right now, with us. We usually shoot the puck and we need to shoot it from everywhere, get it on net. He’s going to get checked. He’s got to fight through it and I think he understands that and is working hard and doing that."

Earlier on Tuesday, Rangers forward Martin St. Louis was announced as one of the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, along with Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks and Ryan O’Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche.

“It’s an honour to be (nominated) for any award but the focus is on something bigger and better right now,” said St. Louis, who has won the award three times already.


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