Same lineup tonight … which means no you-know-who.
Also, here’s a short version of the pre-game notes, courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Friday, Dec. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Rangers: 20-8-4 (44 pts)
Flyers: 21-8-4 (46 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out a back-to-back home set against Atlantic Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-8-4 (44 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 4-2, last night at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to three games, and are 5-2-0 in their last seven. The Blueshirts have now registered at least one point in 19 of their last 24 games (17-5-2). The Flyers enter the contest with a 21-8-4 (46 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have lost two of their last three games (1-1-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders on Monday, Dec. 26, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth consecutive game against an Atlantic Division opponent.
* TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Mike Keenan
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Flyers
Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Flyers
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)
RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
- All-Time: 111-107-37-7 overall (58-47-23-4 at home; 53-60-14-3 on the road)
- 2011-12: Tonight is the second of six meetings this season, and the second of three at home. The Rangers are 1-0-0 following a 2-0 win on Nov. 26 at MSG. Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin each tallied a goal in the contest, and Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots he faced.
- Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall, with a 1-2-0 mark at home. The Rangers power play was 4-19 (21.1%) in the season series. Ryan Callahan (four goals, one assist) and Derek Stepan (three goals, two assists) tied for the team-high with five points, while Callahan’s four goals led the team. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-3-0 with a 2.57 GAA, .908 Sv% and one shutout in five games.
- The Rangers have won their last three games against the Flyers, out-scoring Philadelphia, 12-2, in those contests, and have shutout the Flyers in each of their last two meetings at Madison Square Garden
- New York ranks 18th with a 9-3-2 (20 pts) record at home; Philadelphia ranks first with a 13-3-2 (28 pts) mark on the road
- The Rangers have posted a 5-1-0 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Flyers are 3-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
- Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 17-10-3 record with a 2.66 GAA and four shutouts in 32 career regular season games vs. Philadelphia; Martin Biron is 9-7-2-0 with a 2.18 GAA in 18 career regular season games vs. the Flyers
- Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 23 assists and 31 points in 32 career regular season games vs. Philadelphia; Dan Girardi has tallied more assists/points (18 assists) against the Flyers than any other team during his career
- New York lists three former Flyers on their roster: Martin Biron (2006-07 – 2008-09); Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2000-01 – 2001-02)
- Philadelphia lists four former Rangers on their roster: Blair Betts (2005- 06 – 2008-09); Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 – 2007-08); Ian Laperriere (1995-96); Jody Shelley (2009-10)