Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
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.
RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
All-Time: 116-108-37-7 overall (60-47-23-4 at home; 56-61-14-3 on the road)
2013: 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)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS:
- 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).
HOW SWEEP IT IS
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)/
DOING THE DIRTY WORK
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.
THE HOT LIST:
- 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
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
- 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