Rangers at Flyers tonight … pre-game notes


RE: The Ticket Contest. We had no winner Saturday, so we’ll try again today if time permits. I will put up a new post around noon, and you will have from that time until “It’s Go Time!” is posted around 6:30 to enter your prediction. Please note again, you must predict the exact score, not the closest, to be eligible to win. DO NOT post your predictions in this thread.


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:00 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 2-5-0 (4 pts)
Flyers: 1-7-0 (2 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their third consecutive divisional matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank seventh in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 14th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 2-5-0 (4 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Devils, 4-0, on Saturday at New Jersey. The Flyers enter the contest with a 1-7-0 (2 pts) record to rank 16th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Joe Louis Arena (7:00 p.m.), as they wrap-up their season-opening nine game road trip.

All-Time: 119-109-37-7 overall (62-47-23-4 at home; 57-62-14-3 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Wells Fargo Center.
Last Season: New York was 3-2-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 1-2-0 on the road). Four of their five meetings were decided by two or fewer goals, with two games separated by one goal. The Rangers out-scored the Flyers, 14-11, including a 6-3 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts’ power play was 4-18 (22.2%), led by Ryan Callahan’s team-high, two power play goals in the series. Derek Stepan led the Rangers with five assists and seven points in five games, while Rick Nash (four goals, two assists) notched a team-leading, four goals in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .929 Sv%.
The Rangers have won 11 of their last 13 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 48-24, over the span.
The Blueshirts have won five of their last seven games at Philadelphia, out-scoring the Flyers, 24-17, over the span
New York is 2-5-0 on the road; Philadelphia is 1-4-0 at home
New York is 1-1-0 vs. divisional opponents; Philadelphia is 0-2-0 vs. divisional opponents

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS: Henrik Lundqvist – 42 GP, 25-12-3, 2.52 GAA, 4 SO; Brad Richards – 41 GP, 10-30-40; Ryan Callahan – 32 GP, 15-10-25; Derek Stepan – 17 GP, 6-12-18; Dan Girardi – 41 GP, 0-23-23

Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (4:00) on Saturday at New Jersey. New York ranks 16th in the NHL overall (4-22, 18.2%), and 15th on the road (4-22, 18.2%). The Rangers are 2-2 (0:48) in five-on-three situations (last – 10/12 at STL), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 3-4 (4:54) on Saturday at New Jersey, and are now 17-20 (85.0%) in the last four games. New York ranks 22nd in the NHL overall (22-28, 78.6%), and 19th on the road (22-28, 78.6%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 0-0 (0:00) when three-on-four. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:39) on Saturday at New Jersey, and are now -2 in eight four-on-four situations (12:12) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).

GETTING STARTED: The Rangers have posted a record of 287-278-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-118-49 mark at home and a 110-160-45 record on the road. New York (2-5-0) is scheduled to play 12 games during the season’s opening month in 2013-14.
Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month.
The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month. Henrik Lundqvist has recorded 37 career wins during the month of October.
New York has posted two, seven-game winning streaks in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games during the season’s opening month in 2009-10 (Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto) and 1988-89 (Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver to Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh).

ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers are in the midst of a nine-game road trip to begin their 2013-14 regular season campaign. The trip will establish a franchise record for longest road trip to start the season, breaking the old record of seven games set in 2011-12. It will also tie the franchise mark for longest road trip overall, established during the 1955-56 season. The Blueshirts are slated to open their home schedule on Oct. 28 against Montreal, their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).

FINISHING THE JOB: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 94 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 88-0-6 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 2-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

Brad Richards – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games, including four points (one goal, three assists) in the last three games
Derick Brassard – four assists in the last five games, including three assists in the last three contests
Derek Stepan – five assists in the last seven games

MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Marc Staal – 2 points from 100th NHL career

Carl Hagelin (IR – 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 7
Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 4
Ryan Callahan (IR – 10/21; broken thumb – 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 1
Henrik Lundqvist (injured, day-to-day)
Total Man-Games Lost: 14

Oct. 20 – Recalled forwards Chris Kreider and Brandon Mashinter, and goaltender Cam Talbot from Hartford (AHL); Assigned forward Darroll Powe and goaltender Jason Missiaen to Hartford (AHL)
Oct. 20 – Goaltender Martin Biron announced his retirement
Oct. 17 – Recalled forward Darroll Powe and goaltender Jason Missiaen from Hartford (AHL); Assigned goaltender Cam Talbot to Hartford (AHL)


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  1. Game day, finally. Let’s beat this team like a rented mule. We are to Philly what Montreal is to us. Bring me home two points!

  2. Stranger Nation on

    Last few days it’s been getting better with treatment and exercise.

    Glad ‘it’ is getting better. Would hate for ‘it’ to be something serious because we all know how troubling ‘it’ can be. In fact, ‘it’ is not something you want to mess around with.

  3. Rangers-Flyers is usually fun even when both teams stink. Been a while since we haven’t had a better goalie than them though…

    Carp, didn’t you say the blog font was supposed to be orange and black today?

  4. Carp, What did u think of the ESPN show on John Spano? Shows that the NHL is often a Mickey Mouse League.

  5. What was more stomach churning; the Scott hit last night or Milbury going wiggy on him AND the baby buffalos coach?? Talk about a goon hockey players, Milbury was one of them

  6. Loved it, CTR. Awesome. I think it also shows that this guy really conned everybody, not just the NHL. How about the bank that loaned him $80M when he didn’t have two nickels? It was great that they convinced Spano to come on and spend so much time telling his side of the story.

  7. Stranger Nation on

    The use of Kevin Connolly as investigative journalist was the clincher for me. Who knew that he was that multifaceted?

  8. Hank: “It’s getting better.”
    What is?
    “The thing.”
    What thing?
    “You know, the thing.”

  9. Anybody see John Scott a/k/a Scott Johnson’s elbow to the head of Loui Eriksssssson? Pretty brutal. He’s getting the full 5 on that one or maybe more. Correct me if I’m wrong, I won’t recall John Scott being a dirty player like that and I can’t recall a suspension in his past.

  10. Rob in Beantown on

    Free idea: somebody should make a database of NHL player suspensions so you can easily check on that. It can be called repeatoffender.com or something. Or does that already exist?

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Really getting tired of it. Tried to forget about it, but it keeps coming back. I hope it will be gone soon.

  12. @NYRangers 3m

    #NYR Transaction: Goaltender Jason Missiaen has been recalled from @WolfPackAHL

    Hank won’t even dress.

  13. Sounds like Hank is dealing with some PTSD. Maybe it has to do with that Head & Shoulders photo shoot for Sweden when he had the shampoo all over his face?

  14. Rob in Beantown on

    Me too. Hank has been my favorite Ranger pretty much since the day he debuted. If he ever leaves I’m going to need a few days of sulking to compose myself, like a breakup or something.

  15. He’s going to Detroit or Chicago. I just know it. We won’t get anything for him. He will just take a “pay cut” to go there and get $6M/Year and win a cup.

  16. The medical dictionary seems to be expanding, I have to admit proudly. We now have to deal with not only upper and lower body issues, but also with “it”. I bet someone has already published a paper or two on the outcome and possible treatment options of that ailment.

  17. Detroit has about $16M coming off the books at the end of this season. I did the math (it was really arduous). They have plenty of space to pop in Hank as the starter and Crawford as their -Shooter Tutor- backup.

  18. Gravy: re: *e-mail* I already *e-mailed* you back. If you need quicker responses please feel free to -sxt- txt me -N00dz- with information.

  19. Rob in Beantown on

    In the BBB Yahoo fantasy league, are goalie stats for the week averaged based on shots, time on ice, or just appearances?

  20. Since I’m going to the game tonight, I should automatically win the contest for putting up with mess. Still hate the orange though

  21. Hi Carp and boneheads! I wonder if Lundqvist has a bad case of “The Gunk”. That can be a nasty little rash, especially if you get it in a certain location! I’m guessing “it” is that, or he has a head injury. If he doesn’t have an upper-body injury and it’s not a lower-body injury, maybe it’s an out of body injury! Let’s hope that Talbot has a good debut tonight’.

  22. Stranger Nation on

    Once again, it rears it’s ugly head. Thought I was done with it, but now I know it will be here for the time being so might as well deal with it.

  23. Rub on that old blue ointment –
    Gives them crabs a disappointment
    Take a hot shower every day.
    It burns and it itches,
    But it kills them sonsab……
    That old blue ointment way.

  24. Lundqvist’s problem sounds like a groin issue to me, which is common with goalies, especially in the beginning of the season.

  25. It doesn’t matter if these other clowns leave the team.

    As long as we have The Kreider, we can populate the other slots with logs for all I care and the team should at the very least still make the playoffs.

  26. Rob in Beantown wrote:

    “Like CapGeek for supplemental discipline”

    Guess what Capgeek has?!? –>

    It lists the last three seasons.

    One question, has anyone seen any information as to the last time the Rangers dressed two rookie goalie in the same game and have they ever had two goalies who never played an NHL game?

    I thought it was Steve Baker and Steve weeks in 1980-81, but Baker was not a rookie because he played 27 games the year before.

  27. Repo

    Richie to Steps: “Just tell them you missed training camp and you can take the rest of the season off. Worked for ME.”

  28. Hank: “It’s getting better.”
    What is?
    “The thing.”
    What thing?
    “You know, the thing.”


    Which thing? the first or the second?

  29. “Lundqvist issue seems to be a groin problem”!

    I believe Torts might identify it for him, no? ;)

    Carp, maybe we should trade him before the condition spreads to the rest of the team? (S)

  30. Carp if we are going to follow the Hamilton Bulldog Thomas @cpt27 on the side bar, we should probably add our Wolfpack leading scorer “The MonteKRISTO” @dkristo7

    Just saying…..

  31. Rob don’t feel bad, I didn’t know CapGeek had it until i did a “suspension search” on Google. I know TSN has one, but it is just for the current season.

  32. Can we please get Mcllrath up here already? We’re headed into Philly with Berube as coach with NOTHING on the toughness side aside from Dorsett. We need a heavy.

  33. Looks like a JV team to Philly.

    The Kreider, Fast, Monster Mash, and a couple of goalies we’ve never seen before?

    Let’s roll the dice and bring up “THE TRUCK” and let him throw them with the big boys.

  34. Stranger Nation on

    Bad Hair days can turn into Bad Hair weeks if you don’t address ‘it’. Just trying not to make it a distraction for the team. I know I have to get it going, but I cannot rush it.

  35. _
    We’re not the only team with a crucial player injured:_

    Ugh, my team can’t afford that with Brodeur as one of my backups.

  36. Bad month for old #16. First, his restaurant folds, then his fashion ad agency goes bust. Does he remember exactly where in the East River he threw the skates?

  37. Talbot is coming in a winning streak. So this might be an upgrade from Biron.

    The kid could be the real deal.

  38. Coos, the Wilde quote, I’ve been saying that for so long I thought I originated it! lol

    BTW, Do you think if a cow laughed, milk would run out of her nose? Just asking my resident expert in these important matters! ;)

  39. Gabby gone, and as of today we are behind New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Columbus, Islanders, Tampa Bay, & Carolina.

  40. We should always win against the teams that are below us.

    That’s what scares me, after the last game.

  41. Yeah, Carp, Slats Revere is sort of a be-all character for Revolutionary War figures. The quote was Hale, though.

    Slats Descartes was hilarious.

  42. “Sioux-per-man
    Gabby gone, and as of today we are behind New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Columbus, Islanders, Tampa Bay, & Carolina.”

    AH!!! don’t forget Philly who the rangers will be behind in the near future.

  43. Sioux, “we” are behind far more teams in the NHL, I would say in the bottom one third of the league.

    Which of course is why I continue to support the idea that on this roster no one is immune to the trading block or should be!

  44. Kevin DeLury
    Kristo continues to light up AHL opponents, while McIlrath pounds on them during Wolfpack loss last night.

    So why don’t we give these two a try since we are playing the JV tonight?

    Kristo over Fast is a no-brainer.
    McIrath is needed against Philly for sure.

  45. Cap issues!!! If you think the rangers have cap issues now, wait until next year when Lundqvist, Callahan, Girardi are up for raises and that’s not even including all the rfa’s that will be up for raises. The Dark ages are coming back.

  46. Rangers win tonight!

    Talbot wants to make a good first impression, so I’m thinking he shuts out Philly.

    Kreider gets a goal.

    Monster Mash Hits everything in sight tonight!

  47. Well, I meant they have immediate cap issues, which is why they can’t bring up Kristo and McIlrath.

    They could theoretically LTIR Callahan and send Fast down, then bring those two up. But, Cally may make it back before 10 games based on the 3-4 week timeline.

  48. I’m not really sure why LTIR is based on games and not days. Especially with the whacko schedule the Rangers have had.

  49. Rob in Beantown on

    Realizing now it would have been smart to sign a new contract over the off season. I would have been set for life!

  50. Kreider is 7 games behind the Hertl for the Calder.

    He needs to hit, score, & skate!

    Zucc & Fast should be replaced by Kreider & Kristo.

    Here’s hoping Kreider takes the spot tonight and KEEPS it.

  51. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    So nice stat line so far for mcilrath

    2013-14 HFD 7 2 2 4 3 39

    2 goals and 2 assists plus 3 and 39 PIMs

  52. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    He has more points than Norris Stralman, the mad bomber, and OPG combined (not saying much).

    And he has one less point thru 7 games than all the ranger d men combined through seven games.

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