Flys at Rangers today (updated)

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MORNING UPDATE: 10:33 A.M.:

Andrew Gross is reporting, from John Tortorella’s morning press conference, that Marian Gaborik and Ryan McDonagh will play, and that Erik Christensen will be prucha’d.

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It’s an NBC matinee, Edzo.

The Flys are unraveling a bit lately, too, including yesterday when some of you actually rooted for them (then vomited, took showers, washed out your mouths with soap, and went to confession).

Maybe this is a good time to get them. On the other hand, the Rangers are awful at home, awful in matinees, and pretty bad in the Heritage Jerseys they usually trot out for such occasions.

Here are the pre-game notes, courtesy of the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Sunday, Mar. 6, 12:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 34-29-4 (72 pts)
Flyers: 40-17-6 (86 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Mar. 4

TODAY’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), in their fifth game in eight days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 34-29-4 (72 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, on Friday at Scotiabank Place. The Flyers have posted a record of 40-18-6 (86 pts) to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have lost fiver of their last seven games (2-4-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will begin a two-game west coast road trip when they face-off against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, Mar. 9, at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. EST), before traveling to San Jose to face-off against the Sharks on Saturday, Mar. 12, at HP Pavilion at San Jose (10:30 p.m. EST).
BROADCAST INFORMATION:
*       TV: NBC
12:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Flyers
Broadcasters: Mike Emrick (Play-By-Play), Eddie Olczyk (Analyst), Pierre Mcguire, Mike Milbury and Liam McHugh (In-Game Reporters)
*       Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
12:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
12:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Flyers
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. FLYERS:

*       All-Time: 108-107-37-7 overall (56-47-23-4 at home, 52-60-14-3 on the road)
*       2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the fifth of six meetings this season, and the third and final at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 0-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 at home following a 4-2 loss vs. Philadelphia on Feb. 20 at MSG.
*       Last Season: New York was 3-2-1 overall and 2-1-0 at home. Five games were decided by two goals or less, including three that were decided by one.
*       The Rangers rank 26th with a 14-16-3 (31 pts) record at home; the Flyers rank fourth with a 20-8-3 (43 pts) mark on the road
*       The Rangers are 9-8-1 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Flyers are 14-2-1 against the Atlantic Division
*       Henrik Lundqvist is 14-10-3 with a 2.89 goals against average and two shutouts in 29 career regular season appearances vs. Philadelphia; Chad Johnson has posted a 4.50 goals against average in one appearance (no decision) vs. the Flyers
*       Bryan McCabe has recorded a team-high, 32 assists and 38 points in 53 career regular season contests vs. Philadelphia; Vinny Prospal leads the team with 15 goals in 43 career regular season games vs. the Flyers
*       New York lists three former Flyers on their roster: Martin Biron (2006-07 – 2008-09); Steve Eminger (2008-09); Vinny Prospal (1996-97 – 1997-98, 2007-08)
*       Philadelphia lists four former Rangers on their roster: Blair Betts (2005-06 – 2008-09); Ian Laperriere (1995-96); Jody Shelley (2009-10); Nikolay Zherdev (2008-09)

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Blueshirts have posted a plus-seven rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which is tied for sixth in the league.

*       Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (7:08) on Friday at Ottawa, and are now 11-63 (17.5%) with the man advantage in their last 16 games. New York is tied for 23rd overall (39-240, 16.2%) and ranks 20th at home (22-125, 17.6%). The Rangers are 2-10 (8:17) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/22 at CAR), and 0-4 (5:41) when four-on-three (last – 3/1 vs. MIN). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly); 1/2 at FLA (Weiss); 1/16 vs. PHI (Richards).
*       Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Senators in three shorthanded situations (4:50) on Friday at Ottawa, and have allowed only 11 power play goals against in the last 25 games (66-77, 85.7% over the span). New York ranks 13th overall (185-223, 83.0%) and is tied for 20th at home (83-101, 82.2%). The Rangers are 7-10 (7:21) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/27 vs. TBL), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (10): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal); 11/24 at TBL (Boyle); 11/26 at FLA (Prust); 12/5 vs. OTT (Prust); 12/12 vs. WSH (Staal); 12/16 vs. PHX (Prust); 1/7 at DAL (Fedotenko); 2/27 vs. TBL (Prust).
*       Four-on-Four: New York tallied one goal in one, four-on-four situation (2:00) on Friday at Ottawa, and are now plus-four in 50, four-on-four situations (100:57). The Rangers are even in one, three-on-three situation (2:00) this season (2/17 vs. LAK). Four-on-four goals for (6): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan); 12/12 vs. WSH (Callahan); 1/5 vs. CAR (Zuccarello); 3/4 at OTT (Stepan). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel); 1/1 at TBL (Thompson).

NEW ACT ON BROADWAY
On Feb. 26, the Rangers acquired defenseman Bryan McCabe from Florida, in exchange for forward Tim Kennedy and a third round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. McCabe has eclipsed the 40-point plateau five times, including three seasons of 50 or more points, and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2004. The 15-year NHL veteran skated in his 1,000th career game on Nov. 6, 2009 vs. Washington, and was named Florida’s captain on Sept. 23, 2009. McCabe made his Rangers’ debut on Feb. 27 vs. Tampa Bay, and recorded his first point as a Blueshirt with a power play assist on Mar. 1 vs. Buffalo.

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers completed their 16th of 18 back-to-back sets on Friday at Ottawa. New York is 9-6-1 (3-2-0 at home, 6-4-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs. The Blueshirts are 11-5-0 (4-2-0 at home, 7-3-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 43-26, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 20-7-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 8-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-4-1 on the road over the span.

COMEBACK KIDS
New York has posted a record of 7-20-3 when trailing after the second period. The Rangers’ 17 points lead the league, while their seven wins are tied for first in the NHL and their .233 winning percentage ranks third. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent, 188-108, in the third period of their last 16 games.

COMPARED TO LAST SEASON…
The Rangers have posted five more wins and five more points compared to last season through 67 games (29-29-9, 67 points in 2009-10), having tallied 13 more goals (186 this season, 173 last season) while allowing 21 fewer goals against (164 this season, 185 last season).  New York has also shown a five-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (10 this season, five last season).

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
The Rangers lead the league in hits (1,901), are tied for first in shorthanded goals (10), rank second in blocked shots (1,058), are tied for fourth in road wins (20), sixth in goals against (164), seventh in penalty killing on the road (83.6%), and rank eighth with a plus-22 goal differential.

ONE-GOAL GAMES
The Blueshirts have skated in 33 one-goal games this season, which is tied for the fifth most in the league, having posted a record of 17-12-4 in those contests. Their 17 wins are tied for seventh in the NHL. Twenty of the Rangers’ last 29 games have been decided by one goal, including 10 of their last 14 home games.

TEAM EFFORT
The Rangers have had 18 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.

THE HOT LIST:

*       Ryan Callahan has recorded 11 points (six goals, five assists) in the last 15 games, with nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 10 contests
*       Vinny Prospal has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 11 contests, including six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games
*       Derek Stepan has notched eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 12 games
*       Wojtek Wolski has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven games, including three assists in the last three contests
*       Erik Christensen has tallied at least one point in three of the last five games, registering six points (three goals, three assists) over the span

200 WINS
Henrik Lundqvist posted his 200th career win in a 4-3 shootout win vs. Los Angeles on Feb. 17, becoming only the fifth goalie in franchise history to reach the 200-win mark. He currently ranks fourth on the Rangers’ all-time wins list (202).

YOUTH IS SERVED
The Rangers have the sixth youngest team in the league with an average age of 26 years and 210 days, and the youngest defensive corp in the league with an average age of 24 years and 328 days. *based on NHL rosters on Jan. 11

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

*       Henrik Lundqvist: 200th career NHL win (2/17 vs. LAK)
*       Brandon Dubinsky: 300th career NHL game (3/3 vs. MIN)
*       Steve Eminger: 400th career NHL game (3/4 at OTT)

INJURIES:

*       Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 37
*       Alex Frolov (injured knee on Jan. 8, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season) – 24
*       Chris Drury (injured knee on Feb. 4, 6 weeks) – 13
*       Marian Gaborik (concussion-like symptoms) – 6
*       Martin Biron (fractured collarbone on Feb. 28) – 3
Total Man-Games Lost: 263

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

*       Mar. 2: Recalled goaltender Chad Johnson from Connecticut (AHL)
*       Mar. 2: Assigned goaltender Cam Talbot to Connecticut (AHL)
*       Mar. 3: Assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. Have a meeting at 1pm. Ugh. Kinda sunny in Montauk right now. So, I will either be in a meeting, or outside with the kids.

    Can anyone explain to me WHY the NHL schedules so many late season matinees? The weather starts to break, and Bettman expects people to spend gorgeous days in front of the TV?!?

  2. Great. We have to listen to the screaming idiot (Emrick) and moron (McGuire). Micheletti is horrible, but these clowns make him look almost decent.

  3. I agree about the matinee CW but it will be pouring today by me so a matinee is perfect. Although then there is nothing on on Sunday night.

    LGR!

  4. Speaking of announcers, I don’t know why play-by-play announcers don’t alter their style when announcing on television as opposed to radio. On the radio telling every minute detail of the action is great.

    When watching television, why do I have to be told that Staal carries the puck up the ice and crosses his own blue line…. etc. I can see that. Just let me know who has puck or who is battling for it in the corners. Basically, almost all television announcers just talk too much. It isn’t only with hockey either. It’s the same with all sports.

  5. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    where is the blood ? we need to play with an edge today. we are at our best at home when we play tough and counterpunch.

    “Greg honey, is it supposed to be this soft”

  6. remember the time Brian Boucher came back to the Garden and the Rangers won the Bourbon bowl do ya!

  7. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    remember when Dubinsky had a Godie Howe Hat Trick and we kiiled the Caps and he threw down with Ovie ?

  8. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Hate to be the bearer of bad rumors, but has anyone heard anything about a Kreider injury in BC’s last game? Tortorella was fantasizing about getting him in the Whale or Rangers lineup after the NCAAs were done. Sounds like it won’t happen now.

  9. Totally disagree on McGuire vs Crapelitti. I find the former annoying at times (even childish) but the banter between the latter and Sam Rosen just grates on my nerves.

    For me, the only worse 2-some of the Pittsburgh Penguin homers who refer to the Pens by first names and nicknames.

  10. you guys ever hear of the mute button?
    waaahhh,its to nice out to watch Rangers hockey.
    STFU,crosbys.

    :)-~

  11. Rhode Island- I read up on that yesterday. My only reaction was to wonder if at the rate we’re going whoever we select in the first round of the draft this summer is going to break his leg walking up to the stage to get his jersey and hat and be declared out indefinitely.

  12. you will get a good idea of Phillys perception of the Rangers today,if they think we are a potential PO matchup ,i think you are gonna see Henrik getting run left and right,if they see us as 9th placers,they will only run him left…not right.

  13. btw did youse read “tough guy”?Proberts book,thought he sounded like a real cookebag,cheating on his wife,acting like a hard-partying university student all the way up to his death,loved him as a player,but wow,what a carcillohead.

  14. that was fast for Gabby huh?how many games did he miss with his concussion?
    nice to have McD back tho.

  15. Good read Morg. I could argue either side of it. After a lifetime of doing their thing mechanics have bad knees, firefighters have bad lungs, weightlifters have bad backs, guitar players have arthritis in their hands..Can’t stop people from doing what they love or take pride in.

    Besides, if you’re going to outlaw fighting in hockey then to be fair you need to make the NFL two hand touch, ban UFC competition, boxing and wrestling and tell pitchers in baseball not to throw hard.

  16. Daniel La Russo is gonna fight?! Rushing back your 8 million dollar star player from a head injury to play against one of the toughest teams in the league…thats….smart..

  17. Makes you wonder btw….Avery is supposedly not liked by Torts judging by ice time and EC is loved by Torts yet which one is riding the press box today? things that make you go hmmm.

  18. In seriousness I don’t like Gaborik coming back for this game. I know they’re desperate for points but that isn’t a decision made by looking at the big picture. Not by the team or the player.

  19. philthy is on a 3 game skid,and are only 2 points ahead of the B’s.
    but hey,we got our(mostly)invisible supa star back so we will be fine…

  20. Good read, Morg…

    I read the NY Times article about Pobert, as well as I looked into more science of the studies done at BU. While NHL should definitely pay attention to those studies, and start investing some money into research of, perhaps, better equipment, Probert’s case is very unique. Apparently, he was involved in multiple bar fights, car accidents, and other off ice “activities”. But, most importantly, while there is no proven connection between the drug and alcohol use and CTE, that notion has not been scientifically refuted.

  21. Rangers lines per Zip

    Avery-Prospal-Gaborik (Avery goes from outhouse to penthouse)
    Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan
    Wolski-Stepan-Zuccarello
    Fedotenko-Boyle-Prust
    Staal-Girardi
    McCabe-Gilroy
    McDonagh-Sauer
    Lundqvist making 12th straight start;

  22. lol so by default Avery goes to the top line. Basically Torts wanted to keep lines 2-4 in tact so the odd man out goes to the top. I’m past the point of being sick of having no legit first line.

  23. hi guys, back from the Carribean, fantastic trip. from the recaps i’ve read it sure has sounded that EC has been our best guy in the ice the past few games, scoring some and getting some points. why the scratch then? will it be between him and Avery who are scratched till the end? probably Avery is in today because it is the Flyers… anyways, good to be back, and LGR!

  24. a little suprised on christenson sitting but agree. need avery and prust for toughness and zuccarello has been more creative and tougher..

    need these 2 points ral bad….

  25. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Avery might be up to the first to ride shotgun for Gabby. Old Man Prospal can barely protect himself. Hope Gabby stays away from the corners and lets the other two feed him in the high slot. It could happen…

  26. Gross said that Torts probably put Avery there in case someone takes a run at Gabby

  27. The Flyers wouldn’t do that, would they?

    Torts also said that the reason Christensen is out was the physical tone he expects.

  28. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    yes, torts figured if he put EC there and someone ran gabby EC would just tell the media it was a clean hit on gabby and that is it!

  29. Prustbyterian on

    Stuart & Lev,
    I agree completely! EC has been the best player on the team the last few days. Even though he’s not that physical he’s def. Our biggest scoring threat right now. I would scratch Feds before EC….

  30. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Does anyone else think Filthy might finally be worrying about whether their keepers can be trusted to get them back to the finals? They’ve gotten nice results this year, but as things have gotten tighter and teams have switched into playoff mode, they must be asking themselves whether their two guys can stand the mental pressure. Boucher’s no longer a #1 and Bob the Goalie is unproven and linguistically isolated. Hope we see more cracks in the shiny orange pumpkin today!

  31. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    I’d scratch my pecans before I’d play EC!!

  32. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    I also would have played eminger over gilroy.

  33. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    off to work, later assens!

    LGR!!!!

  34. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    Damnit grabby you have forced me to laurel, so MORNING BRO LGR!!!!

  35. Carp- so Torts expects a physical game and yet he’s letting Gaby come back from a concussion today? Ya know, I could turn a blind eye if Gaborik had 30 goals this season and we were in a position to go deep in the playoffs this year but cmon now.

  36. james-i think cuz we need all the help we can get to beat this team is probably why gabby is back today. if we were already up there in teh standings i think gabby would stay out.

  37. BAH! no pre game on NBC. guess i’ll throw on MTV and watch Jwoww’s Jwoww’s for a half hr

  38. Grabby I understand. I just have a bad feeling with the way their luck has run this season.

  39. great to see Gaborik back. can’t wait to see him and McCabe on the same PP unit. As we’ve seen all year Gaborik and then McCabe have been shadowed on the PP but now with two legit threats we should start seeing a much better looking PP, at least once they get some chemistry.

    And please no Zuccarello on the point. He’s the best passer on the team but his shot from the point is not good enough and Gaborik and McCabe need to be on opposite sides and not RW and RD.

  40. Oleo agreed on the PP. whether I think it’s smart to have Gaby return today or not the PP should have the best chances it’s had all season. With no Gaborik and McCabe acquired to play the point it’s kind of obvious to a defending team that the shot is coming from the point. thus the 1-15 stat with McCabe here in NY. Add Gaby to the mix and now there’s a couple more options and it should look like a legitimate PP

  41. according to some fans they should not play gaborik today because the other team is physical. gaborik is either physically cleared to play or not. if he is healthy he should play no if ands or buts, regardless of who they play.

    christenson has been good lately but he is a softie and I will go with what torts thinks, feds also may have been a good option but torts likes the prust-boyle-feds forecheck.

    good news for a team that cannot score they have on paper a bunch of pretty decent forwards so many they can sit christensen…..

    need the 2…….

  42. oleasmirt agree zucc and stepan have the best vision and passing ability but zucc’s slapper from the point is anemic.

  43. I think Gaborik should be inserted into the lineup as soon as he’s ready, regardless of the opposition.

    I mean, the guy is THE man offensively (even if he’s only delivered that way 3 times this year) and makes $7,500,000. If he’s healthy, he goes in. If he’s not, he doesn’t dress no matter who the opposition is.

    I suspect, however, it won’t make a whole lotta difference. I see no reason to expect the Gabbie of last year (and 3 games this year) to suddenly return. In fact, I wholly expect, even if he stays healthy through the end of the season, the Gabby we’ve seen for 44 of the 47 games he’s played to be the Gabby we see the remainder of the season.

    I cannot understand his fall from grace but look at those numbers (3 out of 47) – he’s played like he’s being paid a measily 6% of the time – why would we expect anything there to change now?

    Of course I hope I’m wrong, but for me the bigger concern is what Gabbie comes to play next season (ie is he done for good as a difference maker, like so many previous Ranger UFA acquisitions)?

  44. James G

    Minnesota and Buffalo both kept their forwards extremely high to take McCabe’s shot away. however, putting them next to each other on the PP is what i’m worried about b/c if they are RD and RW, the opposition can have one forward essentially shutdown both.

    If they move McCabe and Gaborik opposite (or diagonal) one another it changes the whole PP as it allows them to get the puck down low with 2 options with Gabby in the circle and McCabe at the point. One of them has got to be open…

  45. Jim

    Gaborik is on pace for 30 goals and 36 assists over an 82 game average and many of those games he has played hurt and without top linemates and a productive PP his contemporaries enjoy.

    If the Rangers provide him with a 70+ point player (which he had in Prospal before his injury) I see no reason why he shouldnt return to being a 40 goal scorer.

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