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:
NEW YORK RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
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.
RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
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.
THE HOT LIST:
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)