Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Sunday, Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 23-20-3 (49 pts)
Flyers: 23-18-4 (50 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00p.m. — TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Blueshirts rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 23-20-3 (49 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Dallas Stars, 3-2, on Friday to begin a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts have registered a point in 10 of their last 13 games (8-3-2), including six of their last seven at home (4-1-2), and have won seven of their last 10 contests. New York is tied for fifth in the conference in ROW (20). The Flyers enter the contest with a 23-18-4 (50 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have won nine of their last 12 games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
All-Time: 119-110-37-7 overall (62-47-23-4 at home; 57-63-14-3 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home;0-1-0 on the road), following a 2-1 loss on Oct. 24 at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 4-4 (100.0%) in the contest. Brad Richards notched the Blueshirts lone goal, while Chris Kreider and John Moore each tallied an assist. Cam Talbot made 25 saves in net.
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 Blueshirts enter with a six-game winning streak at home against the Flyers, having out-scored Philadelphia, 24-7, during the stretch
The Rangers have won 11 of their last 14 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at Madison Square Garden on Mar. 6, 2011, and have out-scored the Flyers, 49-26, over the span
New York is 9-10-3 at home; Philadelphia is 11-10-4 on the road
New York is 5-8-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; Philadelphia is 8-5-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists one former Flyer on its roster: Daniel Carcillo (2008-09 – 2010-11)
Philadelphia lists one former Ranger on its roster: Adam Hall (2006-07)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 42 GP, 25-12-3, 4 SO, 2.52 GAA
Cam Talbot – 1 GP, 0-1-0, 2.03 GAA
Brad Richards – 42 GP, 11-30–41
Ryan Callahan – 32 GP, 15-10–25
Derek Stepan – 18 GP, 6-12–18
Dan Girardi – 42 GP, 0-23–23
Have notched a power play goal in each of the last four games (5-14, 35.7% over the span), and in nine of the last 12 games (13-43, 30.2% over the span) … The Rangers rank third in the league in combined PP% + PK% (106.0%) … Have tallied two or more power play goals in seven games this season … Is tied for sixth in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (2:30) on Friday vs. Dallas. New York ranks sixth in the NHL overall (33-155, 21.3%), and 20th at home (14-81, 17.3%). The Rangers are 3-12 (5:58) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. TOR), and 0-4 (5:00) when four-on-three (last – 1/10 vs. DAL). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 1-1 (2:00) on Friday vs. Dallas. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (116-137, 84.7%), and seventh at home (53-62, 85.5%). The Rangers are 2-4 (3:25) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/20 vs. NYI), and 5-7 (5:39) when three-on-four (last – 1/6 vs. CBJ). Shorthanded goals for (2): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (0:55) on Friday vs. Dallas, and are now -3 in 52 four-on-four situations (86:24) this season. Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin). Four-on-four goals allowed (7): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson).
HOME COOKIN’: The Rangers have registered a point in six of their last seven games at home (4-1-2), with four of those contests requiring the shootout. New York is currently playing a stretch of seven home games in an eight-game span.
STREAKING RANGERS: Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan both enter the contest with a four-game point streak. Richards has registered six points (two goals, four assists) during the streak, including multi-point efforts in each of the last two contests (one goal, three assists over the span). Callahan has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) over the span.
EARLY ADVANTAGE: The Blueshirts rank third in the NHL when scoring the game’s first goal, posting a record of 18-2-1 (.857 win%) in those contests. The Rangers are also 11-2-1 when leading after the first period, and 14-1-1 when leading after the second.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts registered a season-high, 50 shots on goal in a 7-1 victory on Jan. 4 at Toronto. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers had 50 or more shots in a game was Dec. 27, 2010 vs. the NY Islanders (52 shots), and the last time they posted 50+ shots in a road game was Feb. 15, 2003 at Buffalo (52 shots). The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 12 of the last 15 games, holding a 524-429 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots seven times this season, including in four of the last nine games, and have posted 30 or more shots in 15 of the last 19 contests. New York ranks fifth in the NHL with 32.2 shots per game.
ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 12 of its last 16 road contests, including four of their last five, and are now 14-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 14 road wins lead the Eastern Conference, and are tied for second in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play ranks third in the NHL on the road, tallying 19-74 (25.7%) with the man advantage on the road.
BLUESHIRT DEBUT: Daniel Carcillo was credited with two hits while making his Rangers debut on Wednesday at Chicago. He became the seventh player to make his Rangers debut this season, along with Benoit Pouliot, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk, Cam Talbot, Dylan McIlrath, and Conor Allen.
GOALS GALORE: The Rangers have tallied 16 goals in the last four games, including a 7-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 4 at Air Canada Centre. The seven goals marked a season-high for New York, and are the most the Rangers have tallied in a game since an 8-4 win on Apr. 19, 2013 at Buffalo. Additionally, the six-goal margin of victory is the largest for the Rangers since a 7-0 win on Mar. 6, 2011 vs. Philadelphia. The last time the Blueshirts tallied seven or more goals in Toronto was an 8-2 victory on Mar. 14, 1990.
MILESTONE MATS: Mats Zuccarello established a career-high with three power play points on Dec. 29 at Tampa Bay, while tying his career-best for most points in a game. On Dec. 20 vs. NY Islanders, he tallied a power play assist to establish a single-season career-high in scoring with his 24th point of the season. Zuccarello has registered 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in the last 24 games, with 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the last 12, and has tallied 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in the last 38 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. He leads the team in power play points (15), is tied for the team lead in goals (11), and ranks second in assists (21) and points (32) this season.
INJURIES (83 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 4
Jan. 11 – Assigned forward J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)
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