Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Sunday, Apr. 27, 12:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
The Rangers will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (12:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 5 of their Metropolitan Division Semifinals matchup. The best-of-seven series is tied at two games apiece, following the Flyers’ 2-1 victory in Game 4 at Wells Fargo Center on Friday. New York enters tomorrow’s contest with a 215-235-8 record all-time in 458 playoff contests (121-90-2 at home; 94-145-6 on the road).
The Rangers entered 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.
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS – RANGERS vs. FLYERS
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 following Game 4 of this series, are 22-29 in 51 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. The Rangers defeated the Flyers in Game 1 of a playoff series for the fourth time in franchise history. New York is 2-1 in the three previous playoff series in which they won the series opener against Philadelphia.
RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
• 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%.
• New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of the last 21 overall contests against the Flyers
• 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 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 (Regular Season):
• 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
• Power Play: The Rangers were 0-4 (8:00), including 0-1 (1:27) in one four-on-three situation in Game 4 at Philadelphia. The Blueshirts are 11th in the NHL overall (3-20, 15.0%), and tied for fifth at home (3-12, 25.0%) during the playoffs. New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and 24th at home (20-132, 15.2%) during the regular season. 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: The Rangers were 1-2 (3:24) in Game 4 at Philadelphia. The Blueshirts rank 14th in the NHL overall (8-11, 72.7%), and 16th at home (2-4, 50.0%) during the playoffs. New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and sixth at home (89-105, 84.8%) during the regular season. 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: New York did not yield/tally a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:33) in Game 4 at Philadelphia. The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) during the regular 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 allowed two goals or fewer in three of the first four games of the series
• Nine different Blueshirts have tallied a goal and 14 different Blueshirts have recorded a point in the playoffs
• New York has outshot Philadelphia, 130-97, in the first four games of the series, and has held the shot advantage in nine of 12 periods
• Henrik Lundqvist ranks third in the NHL in GAA (1.76) and sixth in SV% (.927) in the playoffs
• The Rangers are second in the NHL in shots on goal against per game (24.2) in postseason action this year
Five of the Rangers’ last six playoff series have been tied at two games apiece following Game 4. The Rangers have won six of the last nine series in which they were tied 2-2 after four games, dating back to the Patrick Division Semifinals in 1992 vs. New Jersey, including five of seven series in which they had home-ice advantage.
The Rangers have won 15 of their last 21 regular season and playoff games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011. New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of the 21 games and has tallied at least four goals in 10 of the 21 contests.
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. Following their 4-1 win in Game 1 on Apr. 17, the Blueshirts are 10-4 in their last 14 Game 1s at MSG. New York has won seven of the last eight playoff series in which they have had home-ice advantage.
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. Lundqvist has started a franchise-record, 70 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist’s streak is only the seventh time in NHL history that a goalie has started at least 70 consecutive playoff games for the same team. Lundqvist ranks third in the NHL in GAA (1.76) and sixth in SV% (.927) in the playoffs.
MOVING ON UP
Dan Girardi skated in his 68th career playoff game on Friday, tying Steve Vickers and Adam Graves for ninth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list. Girardi is three games away from moving into sole possesion of sixth place on the all-time list.
The Rangers posted a 25-14-2 record on the road this season. 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 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. 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).
SHUTTING THE DOOR
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. New York ranked fourth in the NHL in goals against per game this season (2.32).
INJURIES (4 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 13 (4 in Playoffs)
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