Light up the Empire State Building in Orange and Black!
You know what’s at stake tonight. If the Rangers get a point in any way, or if the Penguins fail to win tonight, the Rangers clinch first place in the Patrick Division and the Prince of Wales Conference.
Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Tuesday, Apr. 3, 7:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 50-22-7 (107 pts)
Flyers: 46-24-9 (101 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Apr. 1
The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 50-22-7 (107 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Boston Bruins, 2-1, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden to end their four-game winning streak, and are now 6-2-0 in the last eight games. The Flyers enter the contest with a 46-24-9 (101 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have won four of the last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, Apr. 5, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), in their final road game of the regular season.
RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
- All-Time: 115-107-37-7 overall (60-47-23-4 at home; 55-60-14-3 on the road)
- 2011-12: Tonight is the sixth and final meeting this season, and the third at Wells Fargo Center. New York is 5-0-0 (3-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road) following a 5-2 win on Feb. 11 at Wells Fargo Center. New York has out-scored Philadephia, 19-8, including a 10-3 advantage in the third period. The Rangers’ power play is 5-19 (26.3%). 17 different Rangers have tallied a point against the Flyers this season, including 10 different goal-scorers. Marian Gaborik leads the team in scoring with seven points (three goals, four assists), while Ryan Callahan has tallied a team-high, four goals to go along with an assist. Henrik Lundqvist is 5-0-0 with a 1.60 GAA, .947 Sv% and one shutout.
- Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall (1-2-0 at home; 1-2-0 on the road). 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 enter the contest with a seven-game winning streak against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 29-10, during the streak.
- New York ranks third with a 23-11-5 (51 pts) record on the road; Philadelphia is tied for 15th with a 21-12-6 (48 pts) mark at home
- The Rangers are 14-6-2 vs. the Northeast Division; the Flyers are 11-9-2 vs. the Atlantic Division
- 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)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS:
Henrik Lundqvist — 36 GP, 21-10-3, 2.58 GAA, 4 SO
Martin Biron — 18 GP, 9-7-2-0, 2.18 GAA
Brad Richards — 36 GP, 9-27-36
Ryan Callahan — 26 GP, 11-8-19
Dan Girardi — 35 GP, 0-20-20
The Rangers’ power play has tallied four goals in the last three games (4-12, 33.3% over the span), and are 9-41 (22.0%) in the last 12 games. New York’s penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in six of the last eight games, and are 42-48 (87.5%) in the last 17 games. The Rangers are tied for seventh in the NHL with eight shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 24-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 34-12-3 when not allowing a power play goal.
- Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play attempts (5:39) on Sunday vs. Boston. New York ranks 26th overall (40-265, 15.1%) and is tied for 22nd on the road (17-122, 13.9%). The Rangers are 3-16 (11:52) in five-on-three situations (last – 4/1 vs. BOS), and 2-9 (12:08) when four-on-three (last – 3/11 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski).
- Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Bruins in two shorthanded situations (3:22) on Sunday at MSG. New York ranks fifth overall (214-248, 86.3%) and fifth on the road (116-133, 87.2%). The Rangers are 9-10 (6:17) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/28 at WPG), and 2-3 (2:24) when three-on-four (last – 2/16 vs. CHI). Shorthanded goals for (8): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov); 12/10 at BUF (Hagelin); 12/10 at BUF (Callahan); 12/20 at NJD (Hagelin); 1/6 at PIT (Dubinsky); 2/12 vs. WSH (Prust); 3/28 at WPG (Del Zotto).
- Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday vs. Boston. The Rangers are plus-seven in 80 four-on-four situations (145:47), and even in two three-on-three situations (0:38). Four-on-four goals for (10): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik); 2/9 vs. TBL (Stepan); 2/9 vs. TBL (Richards); 2/14 at BOS (Anisimov); 2/19 vs. CBJ (Stepan); 2/25 vs. BUF (Callahan); 3/21 vs. DET (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford); 3/2 at TBL (Malone).
HOW SWEEP IT IS
New York completed a home sweep of their season series against Philadelphia with a 5-2 win on Feb. 5 at MSG. The Rangers out-scored the Flyers, 11-4, en route to their 3-0-0 mark at home. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers swept their home series against the Flyers was during the 1991-92 season, when the Blueshirts posted a 4-0-0 mark against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers will look to complete a sweep of their season series against the Flyers tomorrow at Wells Fargo Center. The only time the Blueshirts swept the season series against the Flyers was in 1971-72 (6-0-0), and the last time the Rangers swept the road series in Philadelphia was in 2006-07 (4-0-0).
PLACE IN TEAM HISTORY
New York continues to climb the team’s all-time single season wins and points lists, currently sitting in a tie for second in wins and ranking fourth in points. The Rangers reached the 50-win mark for the third time in franchise history with a 4-1 victory vs. Montreal on Mar. 30, and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the seventh time with a 4-3 shootout win at Toronto on Mar. 24. The Blueshirts reached the 40-win mark in 61 games, which is tied as the second fewest games to reach 40 wins in team history.
MARCHING INTO THE PLAYOFFS
Brad Richards ranked second in the NHL with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) during the month of March, finishing one point behind Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. Marian Gaborik tied for third in the league with 10 goals and 20 points in March.
The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…
- T-1st in points (107)
- T-1st in win% (.677)
- 1st in wins (50)
- 1st in regulation/overtime wins (46)
- 3rd in fewest regulation losses (22)
- 3rd in fewest goals against (170)
- 3rd in GAA (2.15)
- 1st in hits (2,347)
- 3rd in blocked shots (1,301)
- 4th in +/- rating (plus-38)
- 6th in goal differential (plus-43)
- The Rangers’ magic number to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference is one point relative to Pittsburgh
- The Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team, and second in the league overall, to clinch a playoff spot with a 4-2 win on Mar. 19 vs. NJD (game #72); The last time the Blueshirts clinched a playoff berth that early was in 1991-92, when New York clinched on Mar. 8 (through game #68) following a Philadelphia defeat to Vancouver
- This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Eastern Conference standings since the team captured the Presidents’ Trophy during the 1993-94 season. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
- The Rangers posted a combined record of 19-4-5 in back-to-back games this season, including a 9-2-3 (3-1-0 at home, 6-1-3 on the road) record in the first game and a 10-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 4-2-2 on the road) mark in the second
- New York is 20-3-3 when leading after the first period and 29-0-3 when leading after the second
- The Rangers rank fourth in the league with a .227 win% when trailing after two periods (5-16-1), and are tied for 10th in the NHL with five third period comeback wins
- New York leads the NHL with a .714 win% when out-shooting their opponent (30-11-1)
- The Rangers rank third in the league when scoring first, posting a 34-5-3 mark (.810 win%) in those contests
THE HOT LIST:
- Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of the last nine games (6-3-0, 2.09 GAA, .910 Sv% over the span)
- Marian Gaborik — five-game point streak (five goals, three assists over the span); 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in the last 13 games
- Brad Richards — seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last five games; 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in the last 14 games
- Michael Del Zotto — six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven games
- Brandon Dubinsky — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last eight games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
- Martin Biron — 1 game from 500 NHL career
- Ryan Callahan — 3 points from 200 NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
- Henrik Lundqvist — 250th career NHL win (3/28 at WPG)
- Michael Del Zotto — 200th career NHL game (3/30 vs. MTL)
- Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 55
- Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 9
- Mats Zuccarello (injured, 3/23) — 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 228