Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 15-13-3 (33 pts)
Flyers: 13-16-2 (28 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to begin a three-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-13-3 (33 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in the shootout on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. New York has now registered a point in five of their last seven home games (4-2-1). The Flyers enter the contest with a 13-16-2 (28 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Mar. 28, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.), as they continue their three-game road trip.
RANGERS vs. FLYERS: – All-Time: 118-108-37-7 overall (62-47-23-4 at home; 56-61-14-3 on the road) – 2013: Tonight is the fourth of five meetings this season, and the second of three meetings at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers are 2-1-0 (2-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 4-2 win on Mar. 5 at MSG. Each contest has been decided by two or fewer goals, including two games seperated by one goal. The Rangers’ power play is 3-10 (30.0%) in the season series. Ryan Callahan leads all skaters with three goals, and has registered a team-high, four points in three games. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 1.68 GAA and .941 Sv%. – 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 10 of their last 11 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 41-18, over the span. – The Blueshirts have won four of their last five games at Philadelphia, out-scoring the Flyers, 17-11, over the span – New York ranks 22nd in the NHL with a 5-7-1 (11 pts) record on the road; Philadelphia ranks 17th in the NHL with a 9-4-1 (19 pts) mark at home – The Rangers are 5-5-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Flyers are 4-7-1 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 — 40 GP, 24-11-3, 2.52 GAA, 4 SO – Martin Biron — 18 GP, 9-7-2-0, 2.18 GAA – Brad Richards — 39 GP, 9-29-38 – Ryan Callahan — 30 GP, 15-9-24 – Derek Stepan — 15 GP, 4-9-13 – Dan Girardi — 39 GP, 0-22-22
The Rangers’ power play is 10-52 (19.2%) in the last 19 games, while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 55-65 (84.6%) in the last 22 games. New York has posted a record of 9-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal. – Power Play: The Rangers tallied a goal in two power play attempts (2:25) on Sunday vs. Washington. New York ranks 25th overall (14-96, 14.6%) and 28th on the road (4-37, 10.8%). The Rangers are 3-9 (7:53) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/24 vs. WSH), and 1-1 (0:21) when four-on-three (last – 3/7 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN). – Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Capitals in three power play attempts (2:29) on Sunday at MSG. New York ranks 12th overall (87-106, 82.1%) and 14th on the road (34-42, 81.0%). The Rangers are 6-6 (7:34) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/24 vs. WSH), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (3): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto). – Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (7:00) on Sunday vs. Washington, and are now minus-1 in 22 four-on-four situations (46:13) 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).
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Rick Nash currently leads the team with 10 goals, having tallied his first eight goals of the season in the third period. Nash is the second player in NHL history whose first eight goals of a season were tallied in the third player, while fellow Ranger Arron Asham is the other to have accomplished the feat, in 2003-04, as a member of the New York Islanders.
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 113 goals scored since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank fourth in the NHL in hits (942) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and is tied for eighth in the NHL with 107 hits, while Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan ranks second on the team and 11th in the league with 106 hits.
Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella is one win shy of earning his 400th career win as a National Hockey League head coach. He will be the 30th coach in league history to reach the mark. Tortorella’s 160 wins with the Blueshirts are four shy of Tom Renney for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list.
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories… – 3rd (5th in NHL) in GAA — 2.36 – 3rd (8th in NHL) in FO% — 51.3% – 1st (2nd in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 10.1 – 3rd (4th in NHL) in Hits — 942 – T-2nd (T-5th in NHL) in OT wins — 2
QUICK HITS: – The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against on Mar. 7 at Long Island, marking the first time the Blueshirts did not have a shorthanded situation in a game since Jan. 10, 2012, in a 2-1 shootout win vs. PHX. The last time the Rangers did not allow a power play attempt against the Islanders was Jan. 7, 1989, in a 5-1 win at Long Island. – The Blueshirts have had 13 players make their regular season debut with the team this season – The Rangers’ power play is 10-52 (19.2%) in the last 19 games – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 55-65 (84.6%) in the last 22 games – New York has registered a point in nine of 11 games when scoring the first goal this season (8-2-1), and are 7-11-2 when allowing the game’s first goal – The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 8-0-0 when leading after the second period
THE HOT LIST: – Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 12 games (6-5-1, 1.98 GAA, .928 Sv% over the span) – Rick Nash — 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in the last 17 games – Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in 10 of the last 13 games (six goals, six assists over the span) – Ryan Callahan — eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 11 games – Carl Hagelin — 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in the last 21 games – Michael Del Zotto — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: – Ryan Callahan — 1 assist from 100th NHL career – Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Rick Nash — 1 goal from 300th NHL career – Brad Richards — 2 points from 800th NHL career – Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Anton Stralman — 3 points from 100th NHL career – John Tortorella — 1 win from 400th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED: – Michael Del Zotto — 100th career NHL point (3/19 at NJD) – Rick Nash — 700th career NHL game (3/21 vs. FLA)
INJURIES: – Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 31 – Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 10 – J.T. Miller (injured, 3/21) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 80
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: – Mar. 20 — Recalled forward Chris Kreider from Connecticut (AHL) – Mar. 20 — Assigned forward Micheal Haley to Connecticut (AHL) – Mar. 23 — Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut (AHL) – Mar. 23 — Montreal claimed forward Jeff Halpern off waivers – Mar. 24 — Assigned defenseman Stu Bickel to Connecticut (AHL)