Flyers at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

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.

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)

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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  1. If this were the Edmonton Oilers – Miller, Allen, Haley, Kristo, and maybe even an injury-free McIlrath would be cutting their teeth up here. But, since this is “Journeyman Heaven,” no such luck or foresight for the future beyond 12 noon, today.

  2. Just went to YouTube and typed-in: Superbowl 111 1969. Take a look at the play at 6:25 minutes. Baltimore receiver #28, Jimmy Orr “short arms” an easily catchable pass, for an incompletion, deeply in Jets territory. You needed evidence that this game was fixed? Not any more.

  3. SeeeDubbb
    Is it BRich telling Sestito “this is a fantasy camp for you” ?

    That would be a great photo!

    January 11th, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    An even better choice, the Rupp Salute!!

  4. Remember when we were good and Bickel was a huge part of that team but everyone says he can’t he an NHL player? Yea. Well he was on the best team we have had in almost 20 seasons. So……

  5. Is Ray Shero a genius? That waiver claim of Jussi Jokinen is looking pretty darn good right now.

  6. JR – “Skating end to end will be much more difficult in Socchi due to the size of the ice.”

  7. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Robbie – thx for the Alydar correction. Both great horses. While I saw Alydar only run on Tv, I saw the Alysheba several times live. Both beautiful animals…

  8. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brad could never run with those studs…he belongs on the county fair circuit doing 3 furlong races…

  9. Bickel’s injury is a wrist injury I think. The -Whale- Wolf Pack have been very quiet about those injuries. But Michael Haley is back from Sports Hernia surgery.

  10. JR – “With a foot in the race and two in the bush, there’s always a change the rabbit pulls behind.”

  11. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    We will manhandle those cruddy Filthy players tonight. Zucc’s will plow through them all.

    LGR!! LGR!!

  12. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    Sather: “We don’t need no Bickel. We don’t need no Haley. We got a Carcillo!!”

  13. Stranger Nation on

    Really wondering why NO Bickel, particularly because he is a Right, but they bring in Falk who is a Lefty and living in Pruchaland.

    Much more willing to live with mistakes from a guy who will drop the mitts and inflict damage.

  14. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    I actually can’t go tonight. Have to sell the tickets. I ALWAYS go to Ranger v. Flyer games. Some of the best games, despite the fact we have only 1 guy that can stand up to ‘them’.

    Great atmosphere even in the “world’s quietest and most confused arena’

  15. Man, I was thinking/dwelling last night about how stacked that 95-96 team was before they traded it for crap. Depth up the wazoo. Offense: Messier Verbeek Kovalev Ferraro Robitaille (albeit an underachieving one) Grinders: a young Ian Laperierre,Bill Berg,Kypreso, Momesso, Wayne Presely, guys with cheap contracts and upside like Danny Lacroix, enforcers: Kocur and Langdon and a top 6 TOP 6 defense consisting of Leetch, Lowe, Buek, Samuelsson, Dougy Lidster, Potsy plus Driver and Nordstrom! AHHHH!!

  16. yeah manny just an incorrect ratio of Sunday morning coffee to Iphone sensitivity lol. I land back in NY at 7. If I were home I’d go tonight. im pumped for this game dunno why

  17. Eddie –

    The reason, some speculate, that Affirmed edged Alydar in at least one of those Triple Crown races is because Alydar never changed leads. That, of course, is the jockey’s fault. So you could say that Steve Cauthen was a better jockey, in that situation, than was Jorge Velasquez.

  18. Hey! That’s the attitude that got that team completely dismantled and every player replaced with a lesser version of themselves.

  19. Bickel Bickel Bickel. They think you’re made of clay. Bickel Bickel Bickel it’s Bickel that won’t play! second verse *SAME AS THE FIRST* BICKEL! BICKEL! BICKEL!…

  20. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    I dunno. Perhaps Bickel has gotten better. Dunno.

    I appreciated his size and willingness to compete and duke it out.


  21. I was most attached to *The* Prust. I think we can all agree that he turned out to be irreplaceable.

  22. I’m not attached to Bickel in way that I want him on the first line. I just think as a 13th F or 7th D Man he provides more than the guys we keep around now. If Falk isn’t going to play then why is he hanging around as a 7th D-Man. He can’t fight to save his life. At least *Bickel* brings something to the table and, in a game like today, could get in there and step up when needed.

  23. Pretty sure we have never been able to replace John Mitchell as a 4th line Center. Pretty sure we have never replaced Dubinsky. Pretty sure we have never replaced Mike Rupp. Pretty sure we have never replaced Sean Avery even.

  24. Rob in Beantown on

    Can’t begrudge a guy for taking the money he is offered. Careers are short in the national hockey league.

  25. I don’t begrudge anyone taking the most money they can get. it does not mean I have to still root for him, or even care about him. you leave the Rangers as a free agent, you are dead to me. Prust is dead to me.

  26. Good to see that Paul Maurice has a job. —->
    Good guy. I thought he was a long shot to be NYR coach.

    By the way, big kudos to Paul Maurice. He was MZA’s coach in Russia during the lockout. I think the wizard gained a lot of confidence by playing over there under him with Malkin on his line.

  27. As far as Prust, yes he was irreplaceable.

    Yes, Prust pulled an Avery and went for the money but the comparison stops there. The difference is he meant a lot more to the team than Avery did when he left. The Rangers wouldn’t have looked that foolish giving Prust the money he wanted. In hindsight, they should have signed him. I think Brandon Prust is a guy widely respected around the league. Avery? I don’t think anyone but a few NHL’ers liked the guy. Most guys on his own team couldn’t stand him.

  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Robbie – I bet the farm that Alydar was going to win the Belmont. It just seemed the longer distance would be enough for him to catch, pass, and bury affirmed….I think their exacta box paid $0.01.

  29. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I don’t mind Bickel as a 6/7 d man or 12/13 forward in the least bit.

    A better solution IMHO is engelland who is just a better player than Bickel and a better fighter.

    I also loved that 95-96 team!!!

  30. Stranger Nation on

    Malkin played on MZA’s line? That is funny…

    When Zucchini scores against the Derbils or Habs or Bruins in March or April at even strength, then we can begin the coronation.

    Until then, a very effective PP player with great hands who looks great hustling alongside some big money loafers

  31. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    At this point even if this team plays better (it has been lately) and makes it into the playoffs it is doomed to fail as it is currently constructed in said playoffs.

    It won’t be lack of scoring that dooms them it will be non truculent top six forwards that disappear and overall lack of size and grit throughout the line-up.

  32. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Mannulok will have to quit watching because the player he hates in brassard will be the best playoff performer again and his boy crush don’t physically step in to anyone Stepan will disappear again.

  33. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    The thing that really amuses me about people who try and compare centres is they base their comparisons on what brassard “will make” and what stastny “will make”, but what Stepan “currently makes (only for the rest of this year and next btw then a substantial raise somewhere IMHO)”.

    I’m willing to bet after next season brassard makes the least amount of the 3 by a substantial amount!

  34. No coincidence that Pullout’s and Brass’s,and even Zucc’s willingness to go to the net and take the abuse that dwells in that land coincides with new-found PP success.

    All the big talent watching while those unlikely three rule. Truculence!

  35. thanks for spoiling it iWicky! I knew not to come back on….

    It will be worth watching just for that.

  36. I hope we make it to the playoffs so brassard can prove that he’s a great second line Center. Because I don’t want to make a run after Stastny at all.

  37. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Tuomo Ruutu’s name has again surfaced as a trade target. Canes forward might draw some interest as teams approach the Olympic break.

    Please trade Staal or mdz and Hagar for him

  38. I wish today was a matinee game. Not much going on, grey and dreary out, Mama’s got a pot of gravy on the stove, I could use a little Ranger hockey.

  39. BTW last time we played Winnipeg I was really impressed how they played, especially their defense was very effective using the body.

  40. “I wish today was a matinee game. Not much going on, grey and dreary out, Mama’s got a pot of gravy on the stove, I could use a little Ranger hockey.”

    Sounds just like the LAST thing I’d want on an already dreary day. Although, they usually ruin good days, so what the heck.

  41. Stepan is our Number One. It’s the best we got boys. Just have a sick Winger on that line.

    Don’t sign Vanek!

  42. James: St. Petersburg, Russia? Don’t eat any foods that are not 100% manly and straight or you will be jailed.

  43. yes because fights are going to win the game. right Leetchie. goons are meaningless in todays game. it is the cheap shot guys who thrive now. they don’t have to answer for what they do, and they make you play with your head up. goons are good for a meaningless staged fight. give me a Carcillo type, not an Orr type.

  44. They only have 12 forwards, nick. So almost certainly he will be, and AV said on Friday that he would play vs. Philly.

  45. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Fights are like goals sometimes they are very important, sometimes they win games, sometimes they are like empty netters and just pad stats, sometimes they change momentum.

  46. b.d. line writes that Prust is “dead to me”, which I understand and respect. Please somebody provide the rationale that I need to make Carcillo alive to me. I want to watch the Rangers again, but the prospect of seeing that guy skating around doing his thing in Nemchinov’s old jersey is still too chilling. I keep thinking he’s only one brain spasm away from making me ashamed of the laundry I root for. Maybe not? Help wanted.

  47. @WolfPackAHL: GOALL! Wolf Pack score and make it 6-3 with five minutes to play. JT Miller gets credit on the tally!

  48. Norm, no rationale here, but it hasn’t been as repulsive as I was expecting it to be. You should come back, it’s going to be a good game tonight.

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