Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 21-16-4 (46 pts)
Flyers: 17-21-3 (37 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 21-16-4 (46 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 1-0, in overtime on Saturday at Nassau Coliseum, and have now registered a point in six of their last seven games (5-1-1). The Flyers currently own a record of 17-21-3 (37 pts) to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference entering their game last night at Montreal, and had lost their last four games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, Apr. 18, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
All-Time: 119-108-37-7 overall (62-47-23-4 at home; 57-61-14-3 on the road)
2013: Tomorrow is the fifth and final meeting this season, and the third meeting at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers are 3-1-0 (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road), following a 5-2 win on Mar. 26 at Philadelphia. The Rangers have out-scored the Flyers, 12-7, in the series. Three of their four meetings have been decided by two or fewer goals, including two games seperated by one goal. The Rangers’ power play is 4-13 (30.8%) in the season series. Rick Nash (four goals, two assists) and Derek Stepan (one goal, five assists) tied for the series lead with six points apiece. Nash leads all skaters with four goals, while Stepan has tallied a series-high, five assists. Henrik Lundqvist is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 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 11 of their last 12 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 46-20, over the span.
The Blueshirts have won five of their last six games at Philadelphia, out-scoring the Flyers, 22-13, over the span
New York ranks 20th in the NHL with an 8-10-2 (18 pts) record on the road; Philadelphia ranks 14th in the NHL with a 12-6-2 (26 pts) mark at home
The Rangers are 8-5-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Flyers are 4-9-2 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 four former Rangers on their roster: Ruslan Fedotenko (2010-11 – 2011-12); Adam Hall (2006-07); Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Jody Shelley (2009-10)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS: Henrik Lundqvist — 41 GP, 25-11-3, 2.51 GAA, 4 SO; Martin Biron — 18 GP, 9-7-2-0, 2.18 GAA; Brad Richards — 40 GP, 10-30-40; Ryan Callahan — 31 GP, 15-9-24; Derek Stepan — 16 GP, 5-12-17; Dan Girardi — 40 GP, 0-23-23.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Rangers’ power play is 5-20 (25.0%) in the last six games, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline.The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 19-20 (95.0%) in the last seven games. New York has registered a point in 16 of 20 games (14-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal.
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (7:59) on Saturday at Long Island. New York ranks 20th overall (20-125, 16.0%) and is tied for 23rd on the road (7-58, 12.1%). The Rangers are 3-9 (7:53) in five-on-three situations (last –3/24 vs. WSH), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last –4/13 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 held the Islanders scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00) on Saturday at Long Island. New York is tied for 13th overall (108-131, 82.4%) and ranks 19th on the road (46-58, 79.3%). The Rangers are 7-7 (8:13) in three-on-five situations (last –4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last –3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (4): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York tallied one goal in two four-on-four situations (4:12) on Saturday at Long Island, and are now Even in 28 four-on-four situations (60:44) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi). 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).
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots faced to post his first shutout of the season, 44th of his career, in a 1-0 overtime win on Saturday at Long Island. The shutout was Lundqvist’s 50th career total, including six playoff shutouts, tying him with Ed Giacomin as the Rangers’ all-time leader in total shutouts.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 88 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 82-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is 12-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
3rd (4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.24
1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.3
2nd (3rd in NHL) in Hits — 1227
5th (8th in NHL) in BkS — 660
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist — has allowed two or fewer goals in 12 of his last 13 games (8-3-2, 1.66 GAA, .941 Sv%, 1 SO over the span)
Derek Stepan — 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in the last 23 games, including nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last seven contests
Rick Nash — 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last 10 games
Derick Brassard — eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games, including six points (one goal, five assists) in six games as a NYR
Ryane Clowe — nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last 14 games; four points (two goals, two assists) in six games as a NYR
Ryan Callahan — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Anton Stralman — 2 points from 100th NHL career
Steve Eminger — 2 points from 100th NHL career
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 41
Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 20
Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 6
Total Man-Games Lost: 106
AP photo, above.