Game 1: Flyers at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Name that Ranger engaged with Dave “The Hammer” Schultz.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, Apr. 17, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 45-31-6 (96 pts)*
Flyers: 42-30-10 (94 pts)*

* Regular season records

The Rangers will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 1 of their Metropolitan Division Semifinals matchup. The Blueshirts lost their regular season finale, 1-0, to the Montreal Canadiens in overtime on Saturday. New York enters tomorrow’s contest with a 213-233-8 record all-time in 454 playoff contests (120-89-2 at home; 93-144-6 on the road). The Rangers have posted a 44-49-5 record all-time in Game 1 of a playoff series.

The Rangers enter the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.

The Rangers and Flyers are meeting in the playoffs for the 11th time, and the first time since the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers have posted a 4-6 playoff series record against Philadelphia, and are 20-27 in 47 playoff contests against the Flyers. The Blueshirts have faced the Flyers in the first round of the playoffs on five occasions, and have a 3-2 playoff series record in those matchups. New York is also 2-1 in playoff series against the Flyers in which they won Game 1.

All-Time: 121-111-37-7 overall (64-47-23-4 at home; 57-64-14-3 on the road)
2013-14: New York was 2-2-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). Derick Brassard tied for the series lead with two goals, while Brad Richards tallied three points (one goal, two assists) and led all skaters with 18 shots on goal. The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer in three of the four contests, including one goal in each of the two games at MSG. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2-1-0 record with a 2.03 GAA and a .940 SV%.
• The Rangers have won eight consecutive games against Philadelphia at MSG, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011, and have outscored the Flyers, 31-9, over the span
• New York has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last eight home games against Philadelphia, and in 14 of the last 17 overall contests against the Flyers
• Henrik Lundqvist is 8-0-0 with a 1.13 GAA, .960 SV%, and 2 SO in his last eight games against the Flyers at MSG
• New York was 20-17-4 at home during the regular season; Philadelphia was 18-16-7 on the road
• 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)

• Henrik Lundqvist – 45 GP, 27-13-3, 2.49 GAA, 4 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 46 GP, 15-43—58
• Brad Richards – 45 GP, 11-32—43
• Derek Stepan – 21 GP, 6-13 —19
• Dan Girardi – 45 GP, 0-23—23

• The Blueshirts penalty kill was 48-51 (94.1%) with seven shorthanded goals in the final 21 games of the regular season
Power Play: New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and 24th at home (20-132, 15.2%). The Rangers were 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: New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and sixth at home (89-105, 84.8%). The Rangers were 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). The Rangers were tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals with 10: 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); 3/30 at EDM (Nash); 3/30 at EDM (Zuccarello); 4/1 at VAN (St. Louis).
Four-on-Four: The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), 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 (10): 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); 3/26 vs. PHI (Voracek); 4/12 at MTL (Gionta, PS).

The Rangers have home-ice advantage in a playoff series for the fourth time in the last three seasons, and the first time since the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012 vs. New Jersey. The Blueshirts are 9-4 in their last 13 Game 1s at MSG. New York has won seven of the last eight playoff series in which they had home-ice advantage.

The Rangers are 32-12 all-time in playoff series when winning Game 1, and have a 21-6 record in playoff series when they won Game 1 at home.

Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records during the 2013-14 season, becoming the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa, and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. The Rangers goaltender also became the first goalie to win at least 30 games in eight of his first nine NHL seasons. Last season, Lundqvist moved into second place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff appearances and wins list in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 23, 2013 vs. Boston.


APPEARANCES                     WINS                                       SHUTOUTS
1. Mike Richter – 76              1. Mike Richter – 41                1. Mike Richter – 9
2. Henrik Lundqvist – 67     2. Henrik Lundqvist – 30       2. Henrik Lundqvist – 8
3. Ed Giacomin – 65              3. Ed Giacomin – 29               3. Dave Kerr – 7

The Rangers ranked first in the NHL in and established a single-season franchise record for games in which they allowed one or fewer goals (31). New York posted a 28-2-1 record when allowing one goal or fewer. The Blueshirts also allowed two goals or fewer in 49 games this season, posting a 38-10-1 record in those contests. The Blueshirts allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of their final 23 home games, giving up 43 goals over the span (1.87 goals against per game over the span). New York ranked fourth in the NHL in goals against per game this season (2.32).

Rick Nash tallied his ninth game-winning goal of the season on Apr. 10 vs. Buffalo, tying Mark Messier, Jaromir Jagr, Don Maloney, Brad Richards, and Ryan Callahan for the franchise record for game-winning goals in one season. Nash tied for third in the NHL in GWG and led the Rangers in goals (26) this season.

Mats Zuccarello led the Rangers in points this season with 59 (19 goals, 40 assists). The Rangers forward became the first Norwegian-born player to lead a team in scoring in NHL history, and his 59 points were the most a Norwegian-born player had in one season. Since Oct. 26, Zuccarello recorded a point in 42 of 70 games, tallying all 59 of his regular season points in the 70 contests. The Rangers posted a 31-8-3 record when Zuccarello recorded a point this season. Zuccarello received the 2013-14 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, as voted on by the fans for the player that goes above and beyond the call of duty. He was the third European-born player to receive the award (Jan Erixon – 1987-88, 1990-91; Henrik Lundqvist – 2005-06).

The Rangers ranked sixth in the NHL in winning percentage when leading after two periods this season (.903; 28-1-2 record). The Blueshirts have recorded at least one point in 122 of their last 123 regular season contests when leading after the second period (114-1-8 record), dating back to the 2009-10 season.

The Rangers posted a 25-14-2 record on the road this season, including a 23-8-2 record in their final 33 road contests. The Blueshirts established a franchise record for road wins in one season with their 25th of the year on Apr. 1 at Vancouver. The Rangers have posted an 83-54-10 road record dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season, and are the only team to win at least 24 road games in three of the last four seasons. The Blueshirts led the Eastern Conference in road wins, and were only one of three teams to record at least 25 road wins this season. New York won six of the final nine regular season road games, tallying at least one point in eight of those contests (6-1-2). The Rangers posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts’ 52 road points this season rank second in franchise history (2011-12 – 53).

• Henrik Lundqvist – 8-2-1 in his last 11 games (1.89 GAA, .935 Sv%, 1 SO) and 11-4-1 in his last 16 (1.81 GAA, .939 Sv%, 2 SO)
• Derek Stepan – 22 points (7 G, 15 A) in the final 23 games
• Mats Zuccarello – 9 points (4 G, 5 A) in the last seven games; 24 points (6 G, 18 A) in his last 25 games
• Benoit Pouliot – 9 points (3 G, 6 A) in the last 10 games
• Derick Brassard – 9 points (5 G, 4 A) in the last 13 games

INJURIES (122 Man-Games Lost – Regular Season):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 9
• Ryan McDonagh (upper-body injury on 4/1; day-to-day) – 5

• Apr. 15 – Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Mat Bodie
• Apr. 14 – Recalled J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL)

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  1. Sioux-per-man on

    Hank is 8-0 at MSG vs Flyers!

    Sounds like the Rangers score tonight!

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  2. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Carp – could the Ranger above be the man with a huge love for a specific cuban export article?

    The lamb is in the oven as we speak. The Flyers will get roasted tonight.

    Man – I feel sad for the Ohio Rangers…

  3. Goaltending is the key. And the lack of timely goaltending sunk three teams last night. On the other hand the victors hardly had Georges vezina in their nets. This is going to be hanks playoffs! Or at least hanks game one!

  4. Good morning, boneheads!

    High scoring games last night, interesting. Bob was not in Vezina form yesterday. If he gets better, it may become a long series. Bylsma needs to worry about his defense.

  5. Matty"BubbleWrapRitchieRocket!!!!!!"Boy on

    I am feeling way too optimistic, too. Based on average goalie vs. best in the world. Overly arrogant? This is our round to lose.

    Tonight’s game is ‘don’t lose’.

    LGR!! LGR!!! LGR!!!

  6. Matty"BubbleWrapRitchieRocket!!!!!!"Boy on

    The only way this team can get through us is by hurting us, playing with our minds, or taking us out of our game.

    The only way this team does that is by beating us up relentlessly.

    Are our players tough enough? We will see……

  7. I’ve been watching hockey for years and it still amazes me how more intense the games become during playoffs comparing to regular season.

    As for our boys, they need to use their strengths- speed, solid defense and goaltending, and they’ll be fine.

  8. Very rarely is the first game of a series critical, but I have to say the winner of this game could very well decide the series.

    If the Rangers win, they really put pressure on Philly since the whole not winning in MSG has to be in their heads, whereas a Philly win will get that weight off their shoulders and allow them to be more confident going forward.

  9. Considering how well the Rangers have played on the road, I don’t really think tonight is a “must” win, but I think it IS important for them to win to set the tone. But, it’s equally about how they play against the Flyers. If they can stay uptempo and keep the puck away and score on the PP, they will be fine (and maybe it’s a short series), but if they let the Flyers dictate the type of game they want to play, it could be a long series. With a goon coach, I expect a lot of traditional F’ers hockey, but the Rangers speed could be the equalizer. Can’t hit what you can’t catch, right? Play smart, move the puck, win at least 50% at the dot and shoot accurately and they win this going away.

  10. On the picture, based on the number, I was going to say Sarge (Steve Vickers), but totally unsure. Maybe Bob Nevin? Also wore number 8.

  11. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Penner to test free agency…I might take a shot at him depending on who else is out there…maybe

  12. My cousin is a huge flyers fan. Just received first text of the series. “Not looking forward to playing you guys.” Overly optimistic me and overly pessimistic him (let’s call him yuengling). I think this plays out how we think it plays out

  13. Stranger Nation on

    AV not big on matching lines. May want tot consider giving 4th line more minutes against Flyers first line and see how Filth can keep up with our other 3.
    Flyers D and Goalie are weak points. Need to press attack and FINISH!!

  14. Miami Playoff Pimp on

    This team is done before the puck even drops. These no-talents will certainly clown-it-up and lose this in a sweep. Book it.

  15. Metal is never nervous. Metal is always excited. Flyers will be

    victim of changes


  16. Dale Weise scoring the OT winner is such a typical playoff type goal. An unsung player, on the 4th line just pops one home. So typical.

  17. As Viceroy of *Metal* I declare that all *Metal* absorbed into your *soul* today must remain over 250 BPM. Go fast. Go *brutal*.

    Pending King approval of course.

  18. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    ilb – that’s exactly what happened. Then they traded him for our Diaz. So indirectly we let Wiese go for Diaz, and a low draft pick.

  19. Mister D guarantee: We will not score 2 or 3 goals. Either Emery will be a wall or it’ll be ugly.

  20. Great call, Booby. We should all step it up. In honor of the *Brutal* declaration by *Metal* Viceroy, today’s *METAL* selection will be a brand new album, released 48 hours by Candlelight Records. This album is a special nod to eric and the other “glass if half -empty- broken” guys.

    Abaddon Incarnate can only be described as *Occult Irish Technical Death Metal*. They are fast, they are loud and they are *Brutal*. Their new album *Pessimist* is available for streaming on Spotify and select tracks are on YouTube.

    Keep it heavy folks.

    Album available:

  21. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Not only was there not a hat trick in the bonehead league last night, there was not even one in the nation.

    That’s impressive. The Ducks scoring 4 goals must have killed a lot of picks.

  22. Ranger-on-the-Isle on

    You know the Phlyers will resort to “their brand” of play at some point, maybe very early to see if they can get in the Rangers heads. The only way to stop it is to net a couple of PP goals.
    Nash needs to play inside the circles, if he is hanging outside it’s a bad sign.

  23. Doodie Machetto on

    Expect to see the following sequence early and often:

    Flyers come through neutral zone, dump puck into left corner for McDonagh to retrieve. Forechecker, who has been building speed since the puck was dumped, comes in and pastes McDonagh into the boards, with absolutely no attempt at playing the puck.

    They’re going to sweep the leg.

  24. Sioux, if true, that’s amazing that no one got three right. I mean, it’s a 50-50 chance on three questions, you’d think someone would.

  25. Rob in Beantown on

    Gravy is right. How is that even possible? If you close your eyes and pick randomly you would have a 12.5% chance of getting them all right.

  26. Some really great *BEFORE* pics have come in. I should have enough to post them tomorrow night. We even got some entries from some of the more silent boneheads.

  27. _Flyers come through neutral zone, dump puck into left corner for McDonagh to retrieve. Forechecker, who has been building speed since the puck was dumped, comes in and pastes McDonagh into the boards, with absolutely no attempt at playing the puck._


  28. Rob in Beantown on

    People on the twitter widget on the hat trick thing are saying the game didn’t record their hat trick yet. So some people got one.

  29. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Top 23 Boneheads are in. NO ONE got a hat trick last night.

    So enter today if you think your smarter than the rest of these Boneheads.

    Manny O War
    Doodie Machetto
    Rob from the BX
    Lev Iticus
    Stranger Nation
    Bear Named Papa
    The Gravy Train

  30. Hell yea. *METAL* day

    On a mountain of *skulls*, in the castle of *pain*, I sat on a throne of *blood!* What was will be! What is will be no more! Now is the season of *evil!*

  31. I just realized now there were two leagues. I would have gotten all of them right last night so can I get credit for those?

  32. So is it fair to be extra critical of Hank this time around? Given all the playoff experience he has and “The King” title that he carries…

  33. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Lots of Games to be played.

    9 Boneheads got 2 out of 3 right.

    No Hatty’s yet. Tonights picks are a little easier.

  34. Stranger Nation on

    NO 3CP – according to Hank he doesn’t have to prove himself in the POs because he won some hardware for/in Sweden.


  35. Stranger Nation on

    gravy – I am referring to Henk’s quote why he doesn’t have to prove himself. Some might think there are 60 million reason$ why he should just shut the front door and let his play speak for itself.

  36. SN, I saw the quote. I was speaking more in general.

    Some fans (not saying you), think only scoring goals, winning Cups, etc. justify a season. I mean, the Cup is the ultimate goal, but to expect only that every year is unreasonable.

  37. Doodie Machetto on

    Fast not on the ice. Putting Carcillo in because we are playing would be an overreaction.

  38. You mean you’re not just going to blame Tort and the fact that Avery isn’t on the team, CCCP? You’re actually going to critique the current roster!?

  39. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    I’m excited to watch Marty St. Louis play against Vinny.

    The Rangers have the edge in Net, and on Defense. I just don’t see the Rangers losing this series. Cautiously optimistic for the Rangers/Flyers tonight.

  40. Sioux – Interesting little article in the May ‘Atlantic,’ (“Where the Card Sharks Feed”) Not worth buying the mag. You can find it online.

  41. Liam Traynor ?@sledhockeyboy I may want to get a new NYR Jersey. But, my favorite NHL Player is and always will be @MichaelDelZotto

    Kid doesn’t give up hope. We could all learn something from that.

  42. Doesn’t matter who’s optimistic, if you think they’ll win in 6 or 7, etc. If they lose tonight, the ledgehogs will gather in full force.

  43. The Rangers average 2.27 goals per Lundqvist playoff start. 2.00 even from 2009 through present day. If you want to hang it on him, go for it, but you’ll be wrong.

  44. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Looks like vickers to me….he had at least 1 fight at the garden that series…

  45. Keys to the Game:

    Shut down Giroux
    Have a successful PP (30% or Greater)
    Get traffic in front of Emery

  46. In 2011-2012 he led the *league* with 3 postseason shutouts. I believe two of them were in back-to-back must win games.

    Career Playoff Save % of .920

  47. .927 save percentage over that timeframe as well.

    Like I said, hanging this on Henrik is saying “if you don’t get a shutout and we lose 1-0, its totally your fault”.

  48. Darren Dreger ? @DarrenDreger

    Postgame, Dale Weise talked about opportunity he’s been given by Therrien. Said he doesn’t think Torts believes in 4th liners in Van.

  49. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Nice to see Latona, Tommy, & the DUKE in the game.

    Welcome boneheads! To the top 28 Boneheads in the nation.

    Anyone feel left out of the Hat Trick Challenge?

  50. I had a dream that Carcillo scored the game winner in this series.

    Glad to hear it’s between him and JT for tonight and Fast is probably out.

  51. To revisit my “Henrik sucks in OT” study..

    NYR have been outshot in nine of fourteen OT games Henrik has played in, for a cumulative total of being outshot 111-72 in playoff OT with Henrik in net. NYR have had no shots on goal in four of those games.

    Statistics aside, there have been some fluke OT goals scored against him as well. John Madden off of Staal’s skate and Chimera from Gaborik are two off the top of my head.

  52. Yeah, you can’t ask for much more than to average close to 2.00 GAA and steal a game per series. At that point, it’s on the team to average 2.75 GPG or so.

  53. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Torts barely believes in 3rd liners much less 4th liners…I can’t find the results for Vancouver’s playoff game last night….Did they win?

  54. _Hank is a career 2.28 GAA_

    2.19 (.924%) if you back out his rookie season disaster against NJ.

  55. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Thx guys – I couldnt find the channel that carried the Nucks game last night. I wonder why it wasn’t broadcasted…anyone?

  56. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Weise WINS Manny. He’s scoring game winners in the playoffs, and Torts is walking his dogs.

    Good for Dale. I like to see past Rangers find success, just not playing against us.

  57. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Gravy – even when torts had a good 4th line, they didn’t see the minutes AV allocates…

    What time is Vancouver’s game 2?

  58. Nobody is broadcasting any of the Nucks playoff games because Torts told the media that the games were, “None of your God dam#@d business!”

  59. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Coos – Thanks for sharing the Card Sharks story. Great read. I can’t consider myself a pro until my card game out performs my day game :)

    I was close last year. 1 Big win puts you over the top. I was sneaking up on it, just never took a home a six figure weekend. I was hours away from making the money at the WSOP. That would have made my year.

  60. Happy Game Day Boneheads!

    On my way to the Philadelphia airport, flying to Wilmington to visit friends. Two questions…

    Do I dare wear my Ranger jersey on my way to the gate (not checking any bags)?

    Can someone provide a link to an online stream if I can’t find a broadcast channel?


  61. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    I’ve swam with some pretty large sharks in tournaments, not so much in the cash games. If you want to be successful you have to play the games you can win, and most importantly don’t play in the games you can’t afford to lose.

  62. E3, I remember specifically complaining about how much time Mitchell was getting, and taking faceoffs on the PP, etc. (before I knew that it would be swell to have a guy like Mithcell). He played that line a lot.

    Last year, he had Halpern, Powe, Asham, and Pyatt.

  63. Heave Ho, good call. I am on a flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Seattle for the game. A live link would be appreciated. Looks as if it will be blacked out on Center Ice.

  64. The few horse-race handicappers who are successful, go to the track and bet one, maybe two races all day. They have the discipline and smarts to stay away from everything else.

  65. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Gravy – I don’t remember any torts line seeing the ice more than 5-7 minutes during ANY game.

  66. Torts told the media to, “Get the heck out of the rick with your fancy moving picture machines!”

  67. Hartsy dyed his beard: @sbaickerCSN Here’s the best I could do snapping a pic of Hartnell’s dyed beard!

    Here’s to hoping someone knocks it clean off him!

  68. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    I’ve had a couple of my friends break out and have a good year, and have quit their day job. So you pull for them when your not playing against them. But when the final table sits, it’s WAR, play to win.

    Funny thing, I’m playing against a Pro wearing some “Poker Joker” gear, and he says to me you should be on my team. Long story short, I’m now a “Poker Joker Pro”, I just haven’t quit my day job…..yet.

  69. Torts had *BICKEL* on that 4th line, Eddie.

    Can you guys stop already with the bashing Torts stuff? Seriously. It’s so last season.

  70. Rob in Beantown on

    I once wore a Rangers hat through airport security at the Philadelphia airport and a TSA agent made me take it off. That actually happened!

  71. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Coos – I raised horses, and broke them. But never bet more than a 20 on them. Just beer money.

    Poker to me really isn’t gambling. At times I’ll have to get in a race where it’s 50/50 or 3 to 1. But very seldom will I gamble from behind.

  72. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Mrs. Sioux said the same thing. Maybe someday, just not today. I’m fine with building the bankroll, one can never have to many stacks of high society :)

  73. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m not bashing torts – just wondering what channel the Nucks playoff games are being carried on…..I looked forever last night….

  74. Good morning, Sally!

    The pic is indeed, as inthearmsofbrianboyle first said, No. 6, the worshipper of a good, wet, unlit stogie.

  75. I should have added that my 18 yr old daughter is w/ me and she has her jersey w/ her as well. Will I be risking added abuse or will I be safer with her?

  76. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Just saw a stat – “Torts played his 4th line 18 minutes per game”

    My bad

  77. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    No, I wear the guys poker gear. There 10 guys, 8 don’t have a day job, some of them have won over $1M. They are the pro’s in my eyes. I play on their team, when we play local pro events. Put me in 10th place, when you run with them. Not saying I haven’t beat them in tournaments, they just play more tournaments.

  78. In 2011-12, TOI of 3rd and 4th liners:

    Dubinsky 16:16
    Boyle 15:14
    Fedotenko 13:35
    Prust 11:56
    Mitchell 10:09
    Rupp 6:38

    Little less to Mitchell in the playoffs.

  79. The #7 horse goes up to the fifty dollar window and says to the Teller, “give me twenty times on the #7 horse.”

    Teller looks at the horse in amazement.
    Horse says, “You’re shocked that a horse can talk, right?”
    Teller: “No. I’m shocked you think you got a shot in this race.”

  80. Weise played 13:21 in essentially a 4 period game, which is about 10:00 in a regulation game.

  81. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Fast in for Carcillo. Has he really played THAT good, to keep him in for the playoffs.

  82. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Gravy – subtract out PK time …what was 5 on 5 TOI? What was EC and WW averaging before being traded?

  83. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    What was Avery, buried on a 4th line, averaging?? It sure wasn’t much over 7 minutes…

  84. Doodie Machetto on

    I like Fast being in the lineup. Philly takes a lot of penalties. Nothing encourages that like having two quick guys like Fast and Hagelin on the ice at the same time.

    Of course, Philly is going to pound that line physically.

  85. I’m just lazy, E3.

    They’re not going to outmuscle the Flyers, and Carcillo won’t change that. Better to get as much speed as possible if they’re going to play that game.

  86. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Trevor linden contemplating a coaching change? Has that ever been done? Firing a coach while his team is in the playoffs?

  87. How much time should 4th liners be playing? Four lines would be 15:00 each. At the least, I’d want my first taking about 5:00 minutes from the 4th line, which puts them at 10:00.

  88. I think Fast was my last choice out of the three options so this decision makes total sense.

  89. Agreed, MD. I’m fine playing them if they are productive and serve a purpose. I don’t think Torts would be playing Moore, Boyle, and Dorsett less than 10:00 per game.

  90. Vancouver media on Torts watch after meetings with Linden.

    Wont that distract the Canucks from their playoff game?

  91. What coach loves giving 4th liners minutes unless they absolutely have to? They are different playing styles.

    Torts also made 3rd liners out of 4th liners.

  92. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Torts would be playing Moore Boyle and Dorsett 7 minutes. Carcillo would never see the ice. McDunner and Girardi looking at 28 minutes every game.

  93. _Agreed, MD. I’m fine playing them if they are productive and serve a purpose. I don’t think Torts would be playing Moore, Boyle, and Dorsett less than 10:00 per game._

    Sure, but my point is I’d rather guarantee a strong defensive 4th and try to find kids who can play a skilled 3rd rather than vice versa. So if I have to pay Boyle and find Pouliot rather than the flip, so be it.

  94. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My money says that Torts won’t be giving his first line ANY minutes next season….Nor his second, third, 4th, or fifth…

  95. A Flyers friend and I are going through their roster and counting up the number of guys who look like their heads are covered in pubes and its amazing. Like 25% of the entire roster. Ugliest team ever.

  96. On Vacation – Late predictions East – Red Wings in 7, Lightning in 7, Penquins in 7 & Rangers in 6
    West – Avalanche in 6, Blackhawks in 7, Ducks in 5, 7 Sharks in 7

  97. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    AV gives equitable TOI …..Smart move too….some players in interviews have even commented on the fact that they aren’t being driven (my words) into the ice…..and that they’ll have more in the tank by seasons end and into the playoffs…

  98. @sbaickerCSN Steve Mason will join the Flyers in New York tomorrow per Craig Berube.

  99. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lev – I can’t find what channel is covering the Nucks playoff games? Any idea?

  100. I just can’t take the Torts arguing anymore. It’s distant past and we should all put it behind us. Vigneault has proven to be a better coach than most of us could have dreamed and he’s certainly got his work ahead of him (what with trying to figure out the timeout situation in the Playoffs and all).

    Let’s support this team and stop dumping on the previous coach. Let’s celebrate the *NOW*. We are in the playoffs against a rival with the chance to compete for *LORD STANLEY’S CUP*


  101. Regardless, Torts took a ragtag group of mostly 3rd liners and young defenseman to within two games of the Cup Final. Hoping AV can do the same or better with this group.

  102. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Gravy – I’m not sure you can call the 2011-12 team ragtag,,there was considerable talent on that team. Especially on D: Hank, Giradi, Staal, McD, and Sauer ( first half of the year) as good as any in the league…

  103. McD was good, but nowhere near as good as this year. Hank, Girardi and Staal about on par. The forward talent was average at best, and below average skill. He got the most out of that team playing that style.

    He was not a good coach this year, but he was a good coach for the type of team the Rangers had.

  104. Doodie Machetto on

    Let’s not quite sing AV’s praises until he wins a playoff round or two. He’s done a fine job so far, but the playoffs are what matters. You don’t want Capitals era Bruce Boudreau.

  105. The problem with playing Carcillo is you have one of Dorsett, Carcillo, Moore or Boyle playing on a line with Richards and Hagelin.

    Now obviously Fast and Miller aren’t offensive weapons at this stage in their careers, but they at least give you the potential for offense instead of a guy who hits the goalie in the chest every time.

  106. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Funny how this is the only game that won’t have a Sioux player playing tonight.

    6 Sioux play on the other teams. Good night for playoff hockey!

  107. SN, mostly 3rd liners. After those two, who were your top players? Stepan, Anisimov, Dubinsky…all young without much offensive production.

  108. Has Fast been announced in yet or is there any chance for the kind of surprise I so badly want?

  109. That’s true, Doodie. I still hate the style of hockey Vigneault preaches but it’s been much more effective than I expected.

  110. ?@SinceFlyersCup Ok what do you dislike about Philadelphia? Use the hashtag #DumbAntiPhillyHashtag


  111. Rob in Beantown on

    SinceFlyersLastCup @SinceFlyersCup
    Ok what do you dislike about Philadelphia? Use the hashtag #DumbAntiPhillyHashtag

  112. I like this guy:

    @bloughlin16 @SinceFlyersCup A lot of their players don’t play cleanly and their fans are incredibly rude to fans of other teams. #DumbAntiPhillyHashtag

  113. John Mitchell won the faceoff back to Staal for that Game 5 OT goal against the Caps. One of the great goals scored in Madison Square Garden.

  114. Doodie Machetto on

    Since we are arguing about Torts, let’s argue about how Avery should be on the first line! Or maybe we can argue about how Renney should play Prucha more! Or maybe we can argue about why Marek Malik gets so much ice time!

  115. Anyone have any predictions for tonight’s game? Any predictions for how many times Dorsett has to fight?

  116. That’s what I’ve been told…our team was mostly third liners.

    But, I suppose they got as far as they did despite Torts, and he had no impact on the team. And they played too much defense, even though they scored 222 that year versus 214 this year.

  117. Good afternoon all! Today is National High Five Day, so I send out a mighty one to my boys in blue tonight. Kick some Philthy aasens!!!! LGR!!

    And Let’s Go Detroit!!!

  118. Yea. He’s going to have a target on his head, back, wrists and legs.

    I’m alsoe expecting Nash to get roughed up early and I expect Hank to be run over a few times.

  119. *Read: The Flyers are changing their game plan because of Ryan McDonagh*

    Flyers coach Craig Berube is instructing his top line of Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek to dump the puck into the Rangers end, specifically Ryan McDonagh’s, to see if they can keep McDonagh behind the net and free up some space to create scoring chances. (Philly Daily News)

    Berube said that he has talked with his team about playing more of a grinding game and that trying to beat Ryan McDonagh off a rush usually doesn’t yield positive results. *He adds that part of this strategy is to make McDonagh turn around and make his minutes harder to wear him down.* (Philly Daily News)

    Frank Seravalli says that Berube has no choice but to change his strategy after how McDonagh has defended Giroux this season, saying that Giroux is “constantly hounded” by McDonagh. (Philly Daily News)

  120. _I’m alsoe expecting Nash to get roughed up early *and I expect Hank to be run over a few times*._

    That’s the really unfair part because we can’t even retaliate. If you rough up Emery or Mason you risk having some better no-name come up out of the AHL.

  121. >>Hank is 8-0 at MSG vs Flyers!

    The law of averages tells me it’s abad sign for the Rangers.

  122. That doesn’t make any sense, Manny. By definition, no one player should be able to shut down the best player in the world.

  123. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    JBytes – Hank plays the game to shut them out. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did that tonight.

    Hank wins this series, he will steal 2 out of the 4 games.

  124. Miami Playoff Pimp on

    If this team bows down to the Flyers, it’d be an atrocity.

    Enough with the excuses.

  125. The Rangers are ready and peaking. The Flyers will be intimidated by the NY talent and the garden faithful. This applies to tonight’s game. LETS GO RANGERS!

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