Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Wednesday, Mar. 26, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 40-29-4 (84 pts)
Flyers: 38-26-7 (83 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBCSN; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 40-29-4 (84 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, in overtime on Monday at Madison Square Garden, for their 40th win of the season. The Blueshirts have won five of their last six games, including four straight, and have won two of their last three games at home. The Flyers enter the contest with a 38-26-7 (83 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have won five of their last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will begin a four-game road trip when they face-off against the Calgary Flames on Friday, Mar. 28, at Scotiabank Saddledome (9:00 p.m.).
RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
• All-Time: 120-111-37-7 overall (63-47-23-4 at home; 57-64-14-3 on the road)
• 2013-14: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-2-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road), following a 4-2 loss on Mar. 1 at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers have out-scored the Flyers, 7-4, through the first and second periods, including a 3-1 advantage in the second. The Blueshirts’ power play is 2-10 (20.0%) in the series. Chris Kreider leads all skaters with four points (two goals, two assists). Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 2.56 GAA and .928 Sv%, while Cam Talbot is 0-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .926 Sv%.
• 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%) in the series. Derek Stepan led the Rangers with five assists and seven points, while Rick Nash (four goals, two assists) notched a team-leading, four goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .929 Sv%.
• The Rangers have won 12 of their last 16 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011, and have outscored the Flyers, 55-31, over the span. The Rangers have allowed two goals or less in 13 of the 16 games (11-2-0 in those contests).
• New York is 17-16-4 at home; Philadelphia is 16-13-6 on the road
• The Rangers are 14-11-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Flyers are 14-9-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists one former Flyer on their roster: Daniel Carcillo (2008-09 – 2010-11)
• Philadelphia lists one former Ranger on their roster: Adam Hall (2006-07)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 44 GP, 26-13-3, 4 SO, 2.53 GAA
• Martin St. Louis – 45 GP, 15-43–58
• Brad Richards – 44 GP, 11-32–43
• Derek Stepan – 20 GP, 6-13–19
• Dan Girardi – 44 GP, 0-23–23
• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 29-31 (93.5%) with four shorthanded goals in the last 11 games
• Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.1%)
• Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (3:12) on Monday vs. Phoenix. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (44-235, 18.7%), and 24th at home (18-121, 14.9%). The Rangers are 6-18 (8:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/21 at CBJ), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (6): 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); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
• Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 3-4 (5:42) on Monday vs. Phoenix. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (179-212, 84.4%), and is tied for ninth at home (84-100, 84.0%). The Rangers are 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 8-10 (8:06) when three-on-four (last – 3/24 vs. PHX). Shorthanded goals for (6): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh).
• Four-on-Four: New York tallied one goal in three four-on-four situations (3:13) on Monday vs. Phoenix. The Rangers are now even in 79 four-on-four situations (122:38), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) this season. Four-on-four goals for (8): 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); 3/7 at CAR (Nash); 3/24 vs. PHX (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (8): 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); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak).
If the playoffs began today, the Rangers would advance to the Metropolitan Division Semifinals as the #2 seed against the #3 seed Philadelphia Flyers.
Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records in a five-day span, becoming the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa (8-4, 35 saves) and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey (2-0, 21 saves). He registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout, the 49th of his career, in the Rangers 3-0 victory over Detroit on Mar. 9 at Madison Square Garden. He became the 29th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 300-win mark, and is one of six active goalies with at least 300 wins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist is the fifth fastest goaltender to record 300 wins (560 games).
Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a four-game point streak (two goals, four assists) and has registered 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games, a stretch that began with a career-high, three-game goal streak. He has also logged 25:00+ of ice time in each of the last seven games. McDonagh registered a career-high, three points (one goal, two assists), including the overtime game-winner, on Monday vs. Phoenix. He eclipsed the 40-point mark for the first time and surpassed 100 points for his NHL career.
The Rangers won their 40th game of the season with a 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix on Monday at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won 40 or more games in seven of the last nine seasons (seven of the last eight full seasons), and 17 times in franchise history. It is the first time in franchise history the Rangers have registered seven 40-win seasons in a nine-season span. The Blueshirts are one of six teams that have reached the 40-win mark at least seven times since the 2005-06 season, along with Pittsburgh, San Jose, Detroit, Anaheim, and Nashville.
New York is in the midst of a four-game road winning streak, and has won 21 of their last 28 contests on the road. The Rangers have posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts are now 23-13-0 on the road this season. Their 23 road wins are tied for first among all NHL teams, and is one shy of the franchise record for road wins in a season.
Rick Nash has posted four multi-goal performances and leads the Rangers with 23 goals this season. He has tallied at least 20 goals in each season since his rookie year in 2002-03 (17 goals), and is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of 10 straight 20-goal seasons.
THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – four-game winning streak (1.99 GAA, .925 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 7-2-0 with a 1.78 GAA, .938 Sv%, and two shutouts in his last nine contests; has held opponents to two goals or less in 16 of his last 24 games (17-6-1, 2.00 GAA, .933 Sv%, 3 SO)
• Ryan McDonagh – four-game point streak (two goals, four assists), and 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games
• Derek Stepan – 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the last 14 games
• Mats Zuccarello – 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in his last 16 games, including five assists in the last four contests
• Carl Hagelin – eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last 10 games, including seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six contests
• Rick Nash – three goals in the last four games
• Derick Brassard – four goals and five points in the last four games
• Brian Boyle – 3 points from 100th NHL career
INJURIES (104 Man-Games Lost):
• John Moore (head injury on 3/21) – 2
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