Flyers at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 2-3-0 (4 pts)
Flyers: 2-4-0 (4 pts)

The Rangers will continue a three-game homestand when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 2-3-0 (4 pts) record, following a 5-2 win against the Maple Leafs on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have now recorded a point in 11 of their last 13 meetings with the Maple Leafs (9-2-2 over the span), having out-scored Toronto, 48-25, during the stretch. New York has won two of their last three contests, including two straight at home. The Flyers enter the contest with a 2-4-0 (4 pts) record, following a 5-1 loss on Sunday at Tampa Bay. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will conclude their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.

All-Time: 116-108-37-7
 overall (60-47-23-4 at home; 56-61-14-3 on the road)
 Tonight is the second of five meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 0-1-0 overall, following a 2-1 loss at Philadephia on Thursday. The Blueshirts’ power play is 1-4 (25.0%) in the season series.

  • Last Season: New York was 6-0-0 overall (3-0-0 mark at home; 3-0-0 mark on the road). New York out-scored Philadephia, 24-11, including a 7-1 advantage in the first period and a 10-4 advantage in the third period. The Rangers tallied the game’s first goal in five of the six contests. The Blueshirts’ power play was 8-25 (32.0%), while the penalty kill was 23-26 (88.5%) in the season series. The Rangers had 18 different players tally a point against the Flyers last season, including 12 different goal-scorers. Marian Gaborik led all skaters in scoring with nine points (four goals, five assists), while Ryan Callahan notched a series-high, five goals, and Brad Richards tallied series-high, six assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 6-0-0 with a 1.83 GAA, .942 Sv% and one shutout.
  • The Rangers have won eight of their last nine games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 35-15, over the span.
  • The Blueshirts enter the contest with a four-game winning streak against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden, out-scoring the Flyers, 18-4, during the streak
  • New York is tied for eighth in the NHL with a 2-1-0 (4 pts) record at home; Philadelphia ranks 22nd in the NHL with a 1-3-0 (2 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 0-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Flyers are 1-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
  • New York lists three former Flyers on their roster: Arron Asham (2008-09 – 2009-10); Martin Biron (2006-07 – 2008-09); Steve Eminger (2008-09)
  • Philadelphia lists two former Rangers on their roster: Ruslan Fedotenko (2010-11 – 2011-12); Jody Shelley (2009-10)
  • Henrik Lundqvist —38 GP, 22-11-3, 2.58 GAA, 4 SO
  • Martin Biron —18 GP, 9-7-2-0, 2.18 GAA
  • Brad Richards —38 GP, 9-29-38
  • Dan Girardi — 37 GP, 0-21-21
  • Ryan Callahan —28 GP, 12-8-20
  • Derek Stepan —13 GP, 4-7-11
  • Power Play: The Blueshirts were 0-4 (8:00) on Saturday vs. Toronto, and are now 2-22 (9.1%) this season. The Rangers are 1-4 (5:15) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/24 at PHI), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 3-4 (6:21) on Saturday vs. Toronto, and are now 19-24 (79.2%) this season. The Rangers are 1-1 (1:55) in three-on-five situations (last –1/20 vs. PIT), and 0-0 (0:00) when three-on-four. Shorthanded goals for (1): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Saturday vs. Toronto, and are now minus-1 in six four-on-four situations (5:46) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).

    The Rangers swept the season series against the Flyers last season, posting a 6-0-0 record overall with a 3-0-0 mark at home and a 3-0-0 at Philadelphia. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is only the second time the Blueshirts swept the Flyers, having also done so in 1971-72 (6-0-0). The last time the Rangers swept the home series against the Flyers was during the 1991-92 season (4-0-0), and the last time they swept the road series in Philadelphia was in 2006-07 (4-0-0)/

    The Rangers rank second in the league in hits (149) and seventh in blocked shots (79) this season. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan leads the league in hits (25) and ranks fourth among NHL forwards in blocked shots (nine). Brian Boyle ranks second on the Blueshirts and is tied for fourth in the league with 20 hits. Dan Girardi leads the Rangers and is tied for sixth in the NHL with 14 blocked shots, while Ryan McDonagh is tied for 14th in the league with 12 blocked shots.

    Marian Gaborik posted his 14th career hat trick, and fifth as a Ranger, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. He moved into a tie with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th on the Rangers’ all-time hat trick list and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is now tied with Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr for second most career hat tricks among active NHL players. Gaborik’s game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime was his seventh tally and eighth point in the last six games against Boston.
  • Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals against in two of the last three games (2-1-0)
  • Marian Gaborik — three-game point streak (five goals, three assists over the span)
  • Brad Richards — six points (two goals, four assists) in the last five games
  • Rick Nash — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games
  • Michael Del Zotto — four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games
  • Derek Stepan — four assists in the last four games
  • Marc Staal — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games
  • Taylor Pyatt — three goals in the last four games
  • Ryan Callahan — 1 point from 200th NHL career
  • Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 5
  • Chris Kreider (ankle, 1/25) — 1
    Total Man-Games Lost: 8


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  1. @BroadStBull@ It appears Rinaldo and Sestito are in. McGinn likely out tonight. #Flyers


    Guess Rupp and Bickel better dip those gloves in broken glass tonight.

  2. I believe in you. Enough *focus* on the comprehension in spite of the *fatigue* and you can learn. Ride the *momentum*

    What are the 2 contracts, Manny?

  3. Del Zaster: 2 Years, $2.55M Per Year

    PK Subban: 2 Years, $2.8M Avg. Cap Hit ($2M First Year, $3.75M 2nd Year)

  4. That’s not terrible, IMO. Del Zotto has a lot of potential IMO. The problem for the Rangers is gonna come in a couple years when some of our young guys become RFAs, while players like Del Zotto become UFAs. The Rangers will have at least $25M, I think, locked up with Henrik, Brad, Marian, and Rick.

  5. Asham cannot fight Sestito. He’s too big. Bickel or Rupp has to fight him. Either way, it’s staged and stupid.

  6. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    I know it’s staged and there’s risk of injury, but part of me wants to see Bickel julp off the top turnbuckle.


  7. czechthemout!!! on

    Contract to both is fair. PK Subban is being about 300k per year more than MDZ. But he is also a better player.

  8. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    I’d love to see Prust go behind the play during a game in the Forum, peel off his Canadiens jersey to reveal a Rangers Winter Classic sweater, than level Subban from behind and THEN skate around the perimeter of the rink doing the Aaron Rodgers Discount Double Check

  9. MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    are you asking if Slewfoot’s deal sets the market? not sure. Haven’t looked into it but i’ll assume that there are other young dmen that will have to get signed this summer. That could effect it too. Carp??

  10. “truculence.” What a great word. Sounds like trucks crashing. Onomatopoeia, sports fans. Crash, Thud.

  11. I just really thought PK would get a significant amount more than Del Zaster. I expected closer to $3.5M per year or even $4M per year. I don’t know if they set the market but it’s the beginning of significant deals with an eye for the future cap decrease.

  12. UGH. Backhand Shelf podcast is *so* proud of themselves for calling Chad Johnson, “Ocho Cinco.” WE started that. Come on guys.

  13. Just my opinion, I think McDonagh is better than PK. Agreed czech, but why do you say PK is better than DZ?

  14. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Manny – did you just go 4 times in a row? Is that like bowling a strike in the 10th frame?

  15. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Kerbangers on the left
    Kerbangers on the right
    Out of sight

  16. McBust is certainly bigger than PK. He’s certainly better defensively. PK might be a better scorer than McBust and he might be a more useful PP player. I would most likely take McBust over PK Subban. Thus, I agree. McBust > Subban

  17. I’m more of a free thinker, FGD. Not really one for the method. Even when I act. Not much of a method actor. More like Ser Laurence Olivier.

  18. Dustin Hoffman, an inveterate method actor, rehearsing for a play with Olivier, asked for advice. Olivier told him, ‘learn your lines and don’t bump into the furniture. Works for me.”

  19. Stevie Minger 4 points away from 100 in his career? How many years away are we from actually seeing that milestone reached?

  20. Both Sestito and Rinaldo are in? That means that we won’t worry about Shelley scoring a hat trick tonight….Good news.

  21. Army used to kidnap Navy’s Goat mascot and hold it for ransom. Since he’s not doing anything else but wandering around the Garden tonight in civvies, Shelley might try to steal the hat. Closest he’ll ever come to a hat trick.

  22. I was at the game when Mike Rupp scored a hat trick against us a few years back. Was a real confidence booster for the Rangers….

  23. Brandon Dubinsky is tearing it up in Columbus: 6 Games 0 Goals 1 Assists
    Artem Anisimov: 6 Games 2 Goals 1 Assists

    Can we try to re-acquire one or both of the above?

    I think they might part with Dubi (and pay part of his salary)? :)

  24. I filled out an employment application years ago and one of the questions was – List Goals. I wrote in, No goals, six assists.

  25. When John Scott retires and looks for a real job, he can answer the same way I did, except he’d be exaggerating his assists.

  26. czechthemout!!! on


    PK is better than MDZ because he skates better, passes better, has a much hader shot that actually gets to the net. He is also very good at carryung the puck up the ice and into the offensive zone. He is also more Physical and better defensively than MDZ.

    As for MCD, the only thing PK does better is his sjot from the point. But even that remains to be seen since we have not yet seen Torts put MCD into a situation on offense where we can see what he can do. I have always wanted to see him on the PP.

  27. re: Dubinsky, I’ve noticed there have been games this year where he’s not even delivered a hit.

  28. Aside to Manny, a couple of posts back you commented that,”you would like to see the Player’s union smashed”. Thus attributing the ills of peds use solely to being union members and protected by same.

    To say this is astonishingly naïve would be an understatement for many reasons.

    The first might be do you think the owners were in the dark,or want to see stars who put fannies in the seats banned from the game and more importantly,in any way affect their own income?

    More to the point of the organized labor movement in this country which is and has been systematically destroyed by corporate America.

    The players would still be treated like indentured slaves if not for Marvin Miller and Curt Flood.

    Read a little history of the working class and employee/labor relations in this country from it’s inception to post WW2 to the early 70’s.

    Then if you’ve been paying attention for the last 40 years to job losses to foreign markets,automation,the importation of new cheap labor to further regress labor’s wages and benefits in the name of Wall St. and general greed by the few.

    Or perhaps the static labor income of the last 25 years which fuels a consumer driven economy,maybe you will understand that a balanced economy is what’s necessary for domestic tranquility……….literally!

  29. Anyone going to the game tonight want to meet at flying puck 7th ave btwn 30 and 31st. Be there by 5.


    The subban contract was designed for 3.75 in 2nd year so when he hits free agency next he will get the bug contract. The Habs have to at least qualify him at 3.75 and Montreal track record is only two years after entry level deals.

    Pk knows he has his money next contract aka Carey price.

  30. Everything Czech said. Although, the contract amounts and similarities are leading me to believe that PK and Del Zaster project to be pretty similar players. Which would be AWESOME.

  31. got nobody with trying McDonagh on the power play. Del Zotto doesn’t look like he’s got a clue on the PP

  32. The hockey network was reporting this morning that Subban’s contract pay’s $2 million the first year and $3.75 million in year two. Thus Montreal’s qualifying offer on Subban’s next contract will be based on $3.75 million, not his average cap hit. Del Zotto’s year two cap hit is $2.9 million and $2.2 in year one.

  33. stupid auto-correct…let me try that again:

    got no issue with trying McDonagh on the power play. Del Zotto doesn’t look like he’s got a clue on the PP

  34. Yes! The Max Talbot sissy glove taunt. I love Sean Avery. I mean, I hate him and don’t want him on our team, but man, he’s so entertaining. Why doesn’t he do UFC?

  35. LOL I can’t believe I had never seen that footage of Avery and Talbot until just now.

    Is it go time yet?

  36. Rick's Gnashed Cabaret on

    GO RANGERS!! let’s hope they have been resting, and not overdoing it in is not the time whilst they are recovering from last year’s run.

  37. maybe all of the goons on both teams can brawl during warmups. this way we don’t get our time wasted by these ridiculous staged fights.

  38. Doodie Machetto on

    bull dog, I like them fighting off the draw. That means at least 5 minutes they won’t be on the ice at the start of the game.

  39. Any know what’s up with Brooksie? Vacation? Flu? Fired? Banned by Torts for trying to coach?

  40. Thanks Manny. I would have heard that if I had an MSG feed for once. Thanks NHL Centre Ice.

  41. I still don’t get all the Dubi bashing by some people. The guy had 1 bad year with the Rangers and people dump all over him. Even last year he worked hard and helped out in a lot of areas on ice that we are currently lacking from last years team. He consistantly improved his game (until last season) and 2 years ago he carried this team. I’d take him over half the guys currently on the roster without batting an eye. He would certainly help the PK along with any of the lines after our top line, because if your paying attention from game 1 going into tonights game – that’s all that’s really working so far.

  42. Manny,why are you allowing sooo much time between posts?

    Might you accept the mantle of “Machine Gun Manny”??? Smile!

  43. I don’t get the Dubi bashing either. I’d take him as a 3rd line winger. All he ever did was work hard. Loved watching him play against Slewfoot Sid. Besides who is Undie, I mean Ovie, going to fight with now?

  44. if Dubinsky was getting paid and played like a 3rd-line winger, I’m not sure anyone would have a problem with him. The fact was that he was getting pushed into rolls where he clearly didn’t belong and he was traded for Rick Nash. Adios.

  45. Tostito’s will want to get his teeth back from Bickel.

    Wife buys us tickets on the glass at MSG, last season to watch Rangers/Flyers. (So I can take that off my bucket list) When your that close, and watching the big boys fight, lets say it’s something else. I’m thinking to myself Bickel throws them HARD, if he ever connects flush something is going to break. Three punches later, Bickel tags Sestito right in the mouth, and his top three teeth are missing. Funny thing was Philly boys come out looking for them on the ice, just after the shovels cleaned up in front of the net. Say what you want about Bickel. But he should have the 6th D spot for the “tuffest” teams. He may not play more than 10 minutes, but the minutes he does play are some of the tuffest in the league.

    Let’s Go Rangers.

  46. Glass tickets at MSG are definitely a bucket listable experience, Sioux. I had them for Game 4 against WSH the year we lost in seven, although we did win that game on a goal by Pizza Pizza. Avery got drilled into the boards by Ovechkin less than a minute into the game, probably. Man, I’ll never forget that. It was unreal.

  47. Opening night, the best hit of the game near the glass, and the guy with the gajillion-dollar ticket at that exact spot was texting and missed it.

  48. I have, ilb. I saw NYR knock the Gerbils out in Game 5 back in ’08 I think. That’s the only time it’s ever felt like a hockey game, due in no small part to the large contingent of Ranger fans. I’ve gotten cheap tickets to some Devils game and man, you wouldn’t even know there was a game being played.

  49. I figured something was up with Lil Larry Brooks. Hope Torts didn’t have his cousin Nunzio pay him a visit to…”discuss” his post game interview style..

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    Honestly, this may be the best impersonation of anyone in the history of the universe.

  51. I’ve been to a few. Only vs Rangers. Pretty good building, great seats. Too bad they can’t find enough people to give free tickets, let alone sell them

  52. Very interested to see which ranger team plays tonight?

    and by the way CARP, Loved Prust when he was here. But he left, he is the enemy. Is there any reason we need to see his tweets in the twiter feed? I am no longer interested in anything he has to say. He took the money… Good for him! don’t blame him a bit, but he is not longer a NY Ranger and when he plays the Rangers, I will be rooting for someone to slam him hard..

  53. Yeah, folks, he told me this epic story two days after in MSG….Pretended he had a virus, so that no one accuses him of not being a perfect British gentleman…..

  54. Yev, I asked a while ago and pretty much everybody said to get rid of Avery but that they didn’t mind keeping Dubinsky, Anisimov and Prust in the widget. I don’t care either way.

  55. Waiting game. No way of telling whether or not I’ll be blacked out. Sometimes we’re blacked out, sometimes we’re not. It’s like Ed Snider is standing there in a toga and we’re waiting to see a thumb up.

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