Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Rinaldo back; McGinn likely out

It appears that rookie Tye McGinn's impressive run in the Flyers' lineup may be coming to an end on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Rinaldo back; McGinn likely out

Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo. (Matt Slocum/AP)

NEW YORK -- It appears that rookie Tye McGinn’s impressive run in the Flyers’ lineup may be coming to an end on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

McGinn, who netted his first NHL goal and assist on Saturday in Florida, could be swapped out for Zac Rinaldo against the Rangers.

McGinn, Jody Shelley and defenseman Kurtis Foster were the Flyers’ extras skating following the team’s pre-game practice at the Garden. As usual, coach Peter Laviolette would not discuss his lineup against New York.

According to the pre-game skate, that would mean Tom Sestito remains in the lineup.

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Laviolette said he saw McGinn play “about 5 or 6 times” while with the Phantoms during the lockout, but his arrival in the Flyers’ lineup was a pleasant surprise.

Against New York last Thursday, McGinn pounded Kris Newbury in a fight in his NHL debut and rallied the Flyers to their first win of the season. He averaged 12:38 minutes per-game in his 3 appearances, collecting 2 points on 7 shots, 6 hits, 2 blocked shots, 2 takeaways and zero giveaways.

“I would agree that he’s been impressive up here,” Laviolette said. “I actually thought that his game in Tampa on Sunday was straight-forward and decent.”

With Foster out, veteran defenseman Andreas Lilja would make his season debut after starting the year with the Phantoms.

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