Game 5: Flyers at Rangers today (approx. 12 noon) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Sunday, Apr. 27, 12:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 2-2
Flyers: 2-2

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.

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.

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)

• 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.

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).

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)

• None

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  1. Step it up gentlemen. Leave no doubt today. No bounces no masons no nothing. Definitive sweat less victory.

  2. CraigWeather on

    Make it happen today boys… Not ready for our season to be over.

    I’ve said it a hundred times and maybe by some miracle it’ll click in his dazed brain: Hey, Rick Nash, I’m talking to you- WAKE THE F- UP and impose your size and shot already! Expose their backline and make life hell for Mason. This is your chance to prove all of your doubters wrong (although sadly, I “doubt” he will).

    Lets go boys…. Shut the door on these filthadelphians.

  3. CraigWeather on

    Carp, I’d like a “good morning” too!

    I have to say “good morning” to my viewers like 80 times over a 3 hour timespan, and sometimes… it’s nice to hear a good morning of my own…

    I kidd I kidd :)

    Welp, you said Rangers in 6. Have you changed your mind or you’re sticking to it based on the matchup so far?

  4. Admiral Akbar on

    This is must win time.

    If they lost this series, most fingers will point directly at the failure of Rick Nash to do the job he is handsomely paid to do.

    Can’t blame Richards, he’s stepped up. Can’t blame Lundqvist. Can’t blame injured McDonuts. Just about everyone has met expectations, except the Big Easy.

  5. Stranger Nation on

    Jah Rue looks like the love child of Ronald McDonal and Danny Partridge. What a fuggly man.

  6. Admiral Akbar on

    Del Zaster tweeting bro-mantic selfies with himself, Zucc, and Brass-hard during playoffs??

  7. Admiral Akbar on

    Actually, Stranger, my wife (a Rangers fan), thinks Jah-roo is quite handsome — what does that say about me?? :)

  8. Stranger Nation on

    Exceeded Expectations
    4th line, Girardi, Carcillo

    Met Expectations
    Richards, Hags, Zucc, Pullout, Staal, Stralman, St Louis, JMoore, Kline, Henk

    Below Expectations
    Nash, Step, Brassard, McD

  9. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m sorry to inform you that the Rangers will lose today. I was planning on going to the game today, wearing the 3-0 mustard-stained jersey, but instead, I’m stuck at work.

    My father, Doodie Sr., jinx of all jinxes, will be going in my place.

    So pretty much, this is a loss.

  10. No worries doodle, I’m visiting my mom in hospital undefeated in such circumstances. Such circumstances being visiting a sick relative in hospitals on game day. The tradition goes back to my grandfather in 1994. We got this.

  11. Agree with doodie. Today has del zaster all over it. I couldn’t sleep last night thinking today will be final game at msg this year. Just not feeling good today.

    Hopefully rangers will follow avs and pens footsteps winning game 5 at home with series tied.

    Part of reason I feel like this is they suck at home.

    Paging the pp come in

  12. Good morning, boneheads!

    Hope your mom feels better, Boreale.

    I’m stuck in the hospital too. Looks like I might make it in time to see in on the big screen, but I won’t make it to MSG. My son and his friend will have to represent the ilbs.


  13. Rangers win by more than one today, book it.then they will make it hard. One round and done…….Sather success . And the biggest GAME of the year will be if he buys out Richards, it’s great being a Ranger fan

  14. She is on the mend. Thx.

    Truth be told i always have a bad feeling before the games. On another message board there is an optimist v pessimist back and forth ongoing, those of us who have seen this team long enough know how this always ends. (Except once). The youngsters and their optimism. Wish I possessed it. With that said i look at this team and have to believe they get it done today. Not sure about game six. But today they do it. They can elevate their game. I am not sure the flyers can and mason cannot play better then he did on Friday, so it looks like another 4-1 victory is coming.

    But we know better.

    Hence my superstitious hocus pocus nonsense about visiting my mom having some karma link to visiting my grandpa in 1994 (when i still had the optimism of a 20 year old).

    It has to work.

    Have a great day boneheads. I will check in after the win.

  15. Yeah, today’s the day for weak-sauce NASH to step up.

    Enough of this already. There’s no more “learning time”. He’s either a man or he’s not.

    And if it sounds like I’m hungover, it’s because I am. Key West bachelor party … morning after bar golf.

    CARP, have you ever been down here? I know I joke around a lot, but I actually do think you’d like it here.

  16. Have this weird feeling that Mason has/will turn this matchup in the flyers favor and I wouldn’t wait for Nash to show up, you’ll be waiting a long time.

  17. Oh I know he won’t.

    I’m predicting a Flyers 9-0 win that will mark the end of NASH,
    RICHARDS, and possibly AV.

  18. CraigWeather on

    Pimp, how much “learning time” has Nate MacKinnon had, right?! 18 years old and leads the freaking league in points so far this post-season. Prust saying…

  19. CraigWeather on

    Shoot em’ Straight, Pimp. I’m playing an afternoon round of golf in boca after we lose 9-0.

  20. The Rangers are so dumb. Seriously.

    I’m sorry but they are better than the Flyers. And yet we sit here 2-2 instead of 3-1 with a chance to clinch because the clowns can’t put the puck past MASON.

    Mason of all goalies. He doesn’t suck, per say. Wait , no, he kinda does.


  21. They might as well go play golf.

    This group doesn’t make it to the ECF and $hit needs to hit the drain. Carcillo the team. Inclusive NASH.

  22. Stranger Nation on

    Nash is playing great…he has 4 assists and aren’t points what really matters?

  23. Doodie Machetto on

    When we are trailing by five after the first minute of the game, Jim Ross’ voice will be heard over the PA system “MY GAWD! THAT’S THE KREIDER’S MUSIC!”

    And The Kreider will emerge from the tunnel as Jesus did from his tomb, reborn, to save us all from our sins of being a Mickey Mouse, No-Talent, Dog’s Breakfast, Amateur-Hour club, score 40 goals, and then have his jersey ascend to the rafters.

  24. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, Metro North is performing like the Islanders? So you mean people are telling you how good that it’s going to be, and how much better than the subway it is, but then after two rides it falls apart and is terrible and everyone blames it damaged tracks but really it’s the conductor who ignored the gaping holes in the tracks and did nothing to fix or avoid those tracks and anybody with a brain should have known that it would be a train wreck before it started?

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    I wonder if they went to 4 on 4 OT in the playoffs, would THE Kreider get a shift?

  26. Best off season signing will be Adam Oates to run the PP . Coachin NJ top PP coach in Wash top PP. We have the right players to get it done just need a Coach that knows how to get it done

  27. WHY did he have to have the surgery? Does anyone know? Not that it matters, just wondering.

  28. Manny I’m a bit nervous myself.wearing my Rangers blue with pride though. Time to play like the better team.

  29. Pimp is preaching truth.

    Sorry to hear about your mother Boreale. Wish her all the best.

    Sorry you’re at work Doodie.

    I don’t hate the idea of Oates replacing Arniel or just being another of Vigneault’s 145 interns.

    Today does have Del Zaster written all over it. This is going to be stressful and awful. Today is not a must win but it’s a “you better win or else”

  30. Stranger Nation on

    THE Kreider is in trouble The lifeguard says he needs to sit on the drain for 2 series for jumping out of the pool.

  31. Doodie Machetto on

    Giroux by process of elimination. Nash will not score this series, or the next one if the Rangers make it that far.

  32. Great idea, C-Dubs! We’re naming the whole team.

    Nash can be Varys because he’s a Eunuch.

  33. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, any truth to the rumors that the seats are being dyed orange and orange t-shirts and rally towels are being handed out to the fans for today’s game?

    Also, any truth to the rumor that the Freedom Tower is being renamed “The Benevolent Mr. Snyder Orange Tower of Philadelphia” and being dyed orange and black?

  34. Richards can be LittleFinger or some other sneaky person who seeks to get people dethroned.

    Who gets to be Brienne? Dorsett?

  35. Kreider: KingSlayer
    Zuccarello: Tyrion
    Hank: The Wall a/k/a black brother
    Nash: Varys
    Boyle: Hodor

  36. I agree. I think Nash and our (First) line has a big game today.

    Also, just wondering what some of you think about putting Diaz in the lineup. The guy had probably one bad game for us while Moore was out, and he makes some nice plays on the PP.

  37. Atta boy, Carp. All your positive talk has slowed my pacing down to only six laps per minute.

  38. The Rangers need to create room for Nash. He’s not Jagr — he can’t operate with two guys hanging on top of him, beating him down. He needs help.

  39. bull dog line on

    the Rangers either get 1 win closer to MrD’s worst case scenario today, or one loss closer to keeping that important 1st round draft pick.

  40. Carp, I am trying to make my jersey selection. Is it Heritage jersey day because it is a Sunday game?

  41. bull dog line on

    I would play 7 dmen. scratch either Carcillo or Dorsett. play 3 lines (either Boyle or Moore with Richards), and dress Diaz to play power play, and if J moore struggles take regular shifts.

  42. Yeah, Bull, I was thinking the same thing. Also, if they are putting Miller or Fast back in, I’d think of taking out Dorsett instead of Carcillo. I doubt they play 7 dmen, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea at all.

  43. bull dog line on

    it would also allow you to double shift Nash, and MSL, with the 4th line guys.

  44. Doodie Machetto on

    I definitely like the idea of Nash and/or St. Louis taking a second shift with Moore and Boyle.

  45. Doodie Machetto on

    Anyone know where I will be able to see this game on the interwebs while I’m at work?

  46. Need to get Fast back in there, re-establish the speed threat. Dorsett can handle the monkey business if there is any.

  47. Za'rat (TheOtherGuysGreed) Jones on

    Pozy! Pozy! Pozy!

    Nash will score a goal today! He’s The Pozy Man Of The Day!

  48. iWicky "Where's my C"? on

    Best of luck to your mum.

    I watched the vid, you forgot must noogie game!

    I think guy Boucher would be a good coach for the caps, eve tho I’d hate to see him there.

    Crosby cost me a hat trick, jackwagon.

  49. Sunday afternoon match, on NBC, with annoying Brian Engblom. What could possibly go wrong?

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