Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Saturday, Mar. 1, 1:00 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 33-24-3 (69 pts)
Flyers: 30-24-6 (66 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (1:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN NY 98.7), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 33-24-3 (69 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, as they resumed their regular season campaign. The Blueshirts are 17-6-1 in their last 24 games, including a 12-4-0 mark in their last 16, and are tied for third in the conference in ROW (29). The Flyers enter the contest with a 30-24-6 (66 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have won four of their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins Sunday, Mar. 2, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.
RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
All-Time: 120-110-37-7 overall (63-47-23-4 at home; 57-63-14-3 on the road)
2013-14: Today is the third of four meetings this season, and the second of two meetings at Wells Fargo Center. New York is 1-1-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 4-1 win on Jan. 12 at MSG. The Rangers have out-scored the Flyers, 5-1, through the first and second periods, including a 4-1 advantage in the first. Chris Kreider leads all skaters with two assists and three points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .974 Sv% in one game, while Cam Talbot is 0-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .926 Sv% in one game.
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 12 of their last 15 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011, and have out-scored the Flyers, 53-27, over the span. The Rangers have allowed two goals or less in 13 of the 15 games (11-2-0).
New York is 18-10-0 on the road; Philadelphia is 16-11-1 at home
The Rangers are 11-9-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Flyers are 9-8-3 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 – 43 GP, 26-12-3, 4 SO, 2.49 GAA
Brad Richards – 43 GP, 11-31–42
Ryan Callahan – 33 GP, 15-10–25
Derek Stepan – 19 GP, 6-12–18
Dan Girardi – 43 GP, 0-23–23
The Rangers power play is 11-54 (20.4%) in the last 18 games, and 19-84 (22.6%) in the last 26
Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season
Rank eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.0%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-1 (2:00) on Thursday vs. Chicago. New York ranks 10th in the NHL overall (39-195, 20.0%), and second on the road (22-87, 25.3%). The Rangers are 5-16 (6:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). 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 3-3 (6:00) on Thursday vs. Chicago. New York ranks 10th in the NHL overall (147-177, 83.0%), and 13th on the road (72-87, 82.8%). The Rangers are 3-6 (5:44) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/4 vs. COL), and 6-8 (6:06) when three-on-four (last – 1/21 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday vs. Chicago, and are now -1 in 66 four-on-four situations (107:33) this season. Four-on-four goals for (6): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh). 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).
Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 12-7-1
Record in 1st game – 5-4-1 (2-2-1 at home; 3-2-0 on the road)
Record in 2nd game – 7-3-0 (3-2-0 at home; 4-1-0 on the road)
Last season – 7-4-1; 1st game, 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road); 2nd game, 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road)
The Rangers are 18-7-5 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 20-8-2 in the second game over the span
Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 67 times in his career (41-19-7, 2.06 GAA, .930 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game)
ROAD WARRIORS: New York enters the contest with a six-game winning streak on the road, and has won 16 of its last 20 contests away from MSG. The Rangers also won six straight on the road from Oct. 26 – Nov. 23. It is the first time the Rangers posted two separate six-game winning streaks on the road in a season, and their 16 wins in the last 20 road games is the most during any 20-game road stretch in franchise history. New York is also one game shy of their franchise record, seven-game road winning streak, accomplished in 1934-35 and 1978-79. The Blueshirts are now 18-10-0 on the road this season, which leads the Eastern Conference and is tied for second in the league overall (road wins). The Blueshirts power play ranks second in the NHL on the road (22-87, 25.3%). Henrik Lundqvist has won each of his last four games on the road (2.20 GAA, .924 Sv%), and is 7-1-0 with a 2.33 GAA and .920 Sv% in his last eight contests away from MSG.
SOCHI RECAP: The Rangers had seven players represent their native country at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Rick Nash captured the gold medal with Canada, while Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin took home silver medals for Sweden. Lundqvist also became the second winningest goalie in Olympic history, trailing only Vladislav Tretiak, with his 12th career Olympic victory in a 2-1 win against Finland in the Semifinal round.
Rick Nash (CAN) – Gold Medal; 6 GP, 0-1–1
Henrik Lundqvist (SWE) – Silver Medal; 6 GP, 5-1, 2 SO, 1.50 GAA, .943 Sv%
Carl Hagelin (SWE) – Silver Medal; 6 GP, 2-0–2
Ryan Callahan (USA) – 6 GP, 0-1–1
Ryan McDonagh (USA) – 6 GP, 1-1–2
Derek Stepan (USA) – 1 GP, 0-0–0
Mats Zuccarello (NOR) – 3 GP, 0-0–0
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 22 of the last 29 games, holding a 1,007-859 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots 10 times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 26 of the last 33 contests. New York ranks third in the NHL with 32.7 shots per game.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 36 of 60 games this season, including 13 of their last 16 contests, and in four of their last six on the road. New York is 28-8-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.
KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a personal five-game winning streak, posting a 1.77 GAA and .940 Sv% during the stretch. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 12 games (10-2-0, 1.58 GAA, .948 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and is 12-3-1 with a 1.91 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 16 appearances. Lundqvist won his 20th game of the season with a 4-1 victory on Jan. 31 against the Islanders, to extend his streak as the only goalie in the league with an active streak of nine-straight 20-win seasons. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is two wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and three wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – Is 5-0-0 with a 1.77 GAA and .940 Sv% in his last five games; Has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 12 games (10-2-0, 1.58 GAA, .948 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 12-3-1 in his last 16 (1.91 GAA, .937 Sv%, 1 SO)
Derick Brassard – seven-game point streak (four goals, five assists)
Benoit Pouliot – three-game point streak (two goals, two assists), and six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven
Brad Richards – 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in the last 18 games
Marc Staal – five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games
Rick Nash – 12 goals in the last 17 games, including eight goals in the last 11
Derek Stepan – nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last 11 games
Ryan Callahan – five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven games
Carl Hagelin – five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games
Henrik Lundqvist – 2 wins from 300th NHL career
INJURIES (99 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 18
Mats Zuccarello (fractured hand on 2/16, 3-4 weeks) – 1
Feb. 25 – Recalled forward J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL)
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