Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Tuesday, Mar. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 10-8-2 (22 pts)
Flyers: 11-11-1 (23 pts)
The Rangers will conclude their four-game homestand when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-8-2 (22 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in the shootout on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, to improve to 2-1-0 on their current four-game homestand. The Blueshirts have recorded at least a point in six of their last eight home games (5-2-1). The Flyers enter the contest with a 11-11-1 (23 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have won five of their last seven games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Mar. 7, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back .
RANGERS vs. FLYERS: – All-Time: 117-108-37-7 overall (61-47-23-4 at home; 56-61-14-3 on the road) – 2013: Tonight is the third of five meetings this season, and the second and final meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 1-1-0 (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 2-1 win on Jan. 29 at MSG. The Rangers’ power play is 2-6 (33.3%) in the season series. Michael Del Zotto leads the Rangers with two points (one goal, one assist) in the series. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA and .950 Sv% in two appearances. – 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 nine of their last 10 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 37-16, over the span. – The Blueshirts enter the contest with a five-game winning streak against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden, out-scoring the Flyers, 20-5, during the streak – New York ranks fifth in the NHL with an 8-4-1 (17 pts) record at home; Philadelphia ranks 18th in the NHL with a 4-8-0 (8 pts) mark on the road – The Rangers are 2-4-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Flyers are 3-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season – New York lists four former Flyers on their roster: Arron Asham (2008-09 – 2009-10); Martin Biron (2006-07 – 2008-09); Steve Eminger (2008-09); Darroll Powe (2008-09 – 2010-11) – Philadelphia lists three former Rangers on their roster: Ruslan Fedotenko (2010-11 – 2011-12); Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Jody Shelley (2009-10)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS: – Henrik Lundqvist — 39 GP, 23-11-3, 2.54 GAA, 4 SO – Martin Biron — 18 GP, 9-7-2-0, 2.18 GAA – Brad Richards — 39 GP, 9-29-38 – Ryan Callahan — 29 GP, 13-8-21 – Dan Girardi — 38 GP, 0-21-21 – Marian Gaborik — 27 GP, 6-11-17
The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in five of the last eight games (6-27, 22.2% over the span), while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 32-34 (94.1%) in the last 11 games. New York has posted a record of 6-3-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play. – Power Play: The Rangers tallied two goals in four power play attempts (7:33) on Sunday vs. Buffalo. New York ranks 26th overall (10-71, 14.1%) and 18th at home (8-45, 17.8%). The Rangers are 2-8 (7:46) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/3 vs. BUF), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe). – Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Sabres scoreless in five attempts (9:28) on Sunday at MSG. New York ranks seventh overall (64-75, 85.3%) and is tied for fourth at home (44-50, 88.0%). The Rangers are 4-4 (5:21) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/3 vs. BUF), and 3-3 (4:19) when three-on-four (last – 3/3 vs. BUF). Shorthanded goals for (1): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash). – Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:06) on Sunday vs. Buffalo, and are now minus-1 in 12 four-on-four situations (25:41) 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).
GOAL SCORING LEADERS SINCE 2009-10
Marian Gaborik has been among the league’s goal scoring leaders since joining the Rangers in 2009-10. Last season, Gaborik became the fifth player in Rangers history to record 100 goals in his first three seasons with the club, and became the third Ranger in franchise history to register multiple 40-goal seasons with the team. Entering this season, his 105 goals from 2009-10 to 2011-12 ranked seventh in the NHL, while his .48 goals per game average ranked third (behind Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin) over that time period. Including games played this season, Gaborik currently ranks seventh in the league with 112 goals scored and is tied for third with .46 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank third in the NHL in hits (601) this season. Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and is tied for eighth in the NHL with 72 hits, while Brian Boyle ranks second on the Rangers and 10th in the league with 69 hits.
QUICK HITS: – The Blueshirts out-shot the Lightning, 42-25, including a 20-3 advantage in the first period of their meeting on Thursday at MSG. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers had a 17-shot advantage in a period was on Jan. 9, 2010, when New York out-shot Boston, 21-3, in the second period. – The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in five of the last eight games (6-27, 22.2% over the span) – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 32-34 (94.1%) in the last 11 games – New York has registered a point in seven of eight games when scoring the first goal this season (6-1-1), and are 4-7-1 when allowing the game’s first goal – The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 6-0-0 when leading after the second period
THE HOT LIST: – Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 14 games (8-5-1, 1.98 GAA, .927 Sv%) – Rick Nash — has tallied an assist/point in each of his last six games (three goals, six assists over the span) – Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in six of the last nine games (four goals, two assists over the span) – Carl Hagelin — nine points (six goals, three assists) in the last 10 games – Marc Staal — eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last 13 games, including three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five contests – Ryan McDonagh — seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last 10 games – Dan Girardi — six points (one goal, five assists) in the last 10 games, including two assists in the last three contests – Marian Gaborik — three assists in the last three games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: – Ryan Callahan — 5 assists from 100th NHL career – Michael Del Zotto — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Brad Richards — 5 points from 800th NHL career – Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Anton Stralman — 4 points from 100th NHL career
INJURIES: – Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 20 – Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 46
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: – Feb. 27 — Assigned forward Brandon Mashinter to Connecticut (AHL) – Feb. 28 — Assigned forward Chris Kreider to Connecticut (AHL) – Mar. 4 — Agreed to terms with free agent forward Josh Nicholls