Game 6: Rangers at Flyers tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Tuesday, Apr. 29, 7:30 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 3-2
Flyers: 2-3

The Rangers will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 6 of their Metropolitan Division Semifinals matchup. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two, following their 4-2 victory in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. New York enters tomorrow’s contest with a 216-235-8 record all-time in 459 playoff contests (122-90-2 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 5 of this series, are 23-29 in 52 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 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 0-3 (6:00), in Game 5 vs. Philadelphia. The Blueshirts are 12th in the NHL overall (3-23, 13.0%) in 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 4-5 (9:11) in Game 5 vs. Philadelphia. The Blueshirts are 12th in the NHL overall (12-16, 75.0%), and are tied for fourth on the road (6-7, 85.7%) 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 skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 5 vs. 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 four of five games in the series
• The Rangers rank first the NHL in shots on goal against per game (24.6) in the playoffs
• Eleven different Blueshirts have tallied a goal and 15 different Blueshirts have recorded a point in the playoffs
• New York has outshot Philadelphia, 152-123, in the first five games of the series, and has held the shot advantage in nine of 15 periods (tied in one period)
• Henrik Lundqvist ranks third in the NHL in GAA (1.81) and seventh in SV% (.926) in the playoffs

The Rangers have posted a 13-2 playoff series record in franchise history when holding a three games to two lead. In the 15 playoff series in franchise history in which the Blueshirts have led three games to two, they have posted a 10-5 record in Game 6.

Eleven different Rangers have tallied a goal in the playoffs. The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL – and first among Eastern Conference teams – in players who have recorded at least one goal in postseason play.

The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of their last 24 regular season and playoff games, giving up 43 goals in the 24 contests (1.79 goals against per game). New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 25 of its last 38 regular season and playoff road games, including 10 of the last 14 games on the road, giving up 78 goals in the 38 contests (2.05 goals against per game).

The Rangers have won 16 of their last 22 regular season and playoff games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011. New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 18 of the 22 games and has tallied at least four goals in 11 of the 22 contests.

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. Lundqvist has started a franchise-record, 71 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.

Dan Girardi skated in his 69th career playoff game on Sunday, tying Ron Duguay for eighth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list. Girardi is two games away from moving into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list:
T-6. Mark Messier – 70
T-6. Jeff Beukeboom – 70
T-8. Dan Girardi – 69
T-8. Ron Duguay – 69
T-10. Steve Vickers – 68
T-10. Adam Graves – 68

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.

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.

• Henrik Lundqvist – 3-2, 1.81 GAA, .926 SV%; allowed 2 goals or fewer in 4 of 5 games
• Brian Boyle – 3-game point streak (1 G, 2 A); has tallied a point in 5 of last 7 playoff games
• Martin St. Louis – 6 points (2 G, 4 A) in 5 games; has recorded a point in 7 of last 8 playoff games vs. Philadelphia
• Derek Stepan – Has recorded a point in 4 of 5 games (2 G, 2 A)
• Brad Richards – 5 points (2 G, 3 A) in 5 games

INJURIES (5 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 14 (5 in Playoffs)

• None

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  1. Stranger Nation on

    I spend the longest year of my life one day in Philadelphia

    Get a son, you bother me…

  2. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    The Rangers have posted a 13-2 playoff series record in franchise history when holding a three games to two lead.

    So do we mail in the performance tonight and it is 14-2.

    Rangers Knock the filthy out of Philly tonight.

  3. You guys are classic.

    And by that I mean, “classically incorrect”.

    This team is going to get destroyed tonight. It may be so bad that Toronto calls in and demands a forfeit so that the entire league isn’t utterly embarrassed by the poor play from the no-talents.

    I’d like to go with my usual “9-0 Flyers” prediction, but I think there’s some extra special sauce going into this one tonight.

    So call it a hunch, but I think it’s a 14-0 delivery by Philly that will make Queen Henrik and the rest of the perimeter-loving clowns look like a Cirque du Poulet.

  4. C3, those were the days when Jane and Mama were around … don’t think you want to do video with just my mug up there, do you?

  5. Look, look, see, see, coming down the lane! Here comes Scot! Here comes Dot! Here comes Chicken Jane!

  6. inthearmsofbrianboyle (9 or 14-0?edition) on

    THE Miami – best of wishes from up north.

    Carp – a videoblog would be just peyyyyyfect.

  7. CARP, what’s the story with MALONEY … did he really know “THE Kreider” or were you guys messing around?

    I don’t think there’s ever been confirmation of him calling him “THE Kreider”.

  8. Jagr got a no-shootout clause. Which is OK, since shootouts with the Devils is a waste of time.

    Not sure if he had heard of it or not, but he got a big kick out of it, Miami.

  9. Jeff in South Dakota on

    “I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday.”
    ? W.C. Fields

  10. If there was a way for the Rangers to capitalize on my anxiety and turn my stomach acid into goals we would start the game at 6-0.

  11. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Anyone have a clandestine recording of Dolan hating on Canadians? Apparently that’s all it takes to get a lifetime ban.

  12. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Only if your ex-“girlfriend” has a tape of it Miami & she taped it during a private conversation.

  13. Yo pimp hang in there. Mom is hanging in there. Hopefully out this weekend to watch us knock the philthy out of the crybabies as well. No doubt she will want to know how many periods in an icing and where messier is.

  14. The only thing I don’t get about this NBA hullabaloo — if the guy is banned for life and forced to sell the team, why would he pay the fine?

  15. Jeff in South Dakota on

    BTW if you’re interested, it is still snowing out here where the buffalo roam. Anyone see where I left my copy of Spring?

  16. bull dog line on

    suspending Sterlin sets a precedent. when Charles Barkley pulls a Charles Barkley, what do you suppose the NBA will do?

  17. I can never visit Philadelphia without being reminded of the story of the Texan — quack, quack, quack…

  18. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Carp: Magic is in a picture with the ex, the ex tapes Sterling’s rant. Sterling forced to sell team. Forced sale = low price? Magic says he might buy the team. Ex-girlfriend & Magic conspired to buy team at depressed price?

  19. @BroadStBull

    Biggest line discrepancy in #Flyers-#NYR series: 3d lines. Read-Coots-Akeson have 2 2G, 4 pts.; Hagelin-Richards-3 wings have 4 G, 11 pts.


    Giroux line has 3 goals, 8 pts; Stepan line has 4 goals, 14 pts.#Flyers #NYR

  20. “Yes, wishes—as always—with Miami and Boreale’s mom.”

    Miami and Boreale are siblings?

  21. @rangersreport

    from NHL: Since 2011, home teams facing elimination (at any point in the series) are 31-16 (66%).

  22. ?@SinceFlyersCup Over 1000 tickets available on StubHub for game 6 in Philly tonight. BEST FANS IN HOCKEY.

  23. Team that let’s up more goals than it scores in game 6 at home loses 100% of the time.

  24. Looks like the “Broad Street Bull” is carrying some water for Giroux. Nice change, usually Philadelphia goes out of their way to destroy their biggest stars.

  25. _suspending Sterlin sets a precedent. when Charles Barkley pulls a Charles Barkley, what do you suppose the NBA will do?_

    Trick question, NBA owners would never allowed Barkley to buy into a team?

  26. Rangers owner James Dolan inexplicably talking about basketball: “I have been in touch with the NBA and fully support Commissioner Silver’s decision. I applaud Adam for acting quickly and decisively in appropriately addressing these disgusting and offensive comments.”

  27. “Trick question, NBA owners would never allowed Barkley to buy into a team?”

    Would I never allowed to buy into a team?

  28. Need to hit a home run with my beer selection for tonight’s game.

    I feel it can only help the cause.

  29. Maloney and Carpiniello sounds like a personal injury firm in Yonkers. All that’s missing is the Shapiro

  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I dropped a monster Rinaldo this morning. Lit up an incense stick……and it smelled like *Victory*

  31. Gustafson is in tonight? You mean Jack Lemmon from Grumpy Old Men can skate backwards, too?

  32. Can we end this tonight. Answer is no. They wouldn’t want it any other way. I will then be forced to hide from co workers 2 nights in a row.

  33. Sweet talkin’ people done ran me out of town
    And I drank enough whiskey to float a battleship around
    But I’m leavin’ this game one step ahead of you
    And you will not hear me cry ’cause I do not sing the blues

  34. I’d love to see us throw the puck in and go get it all night. Punish those idiots for even breathing in our direction.


  36. Anyone ever have Hudson Baby Bourbon? Good reviews but priced where I want a sure thing to buy it.

    (Tonight is Troegs Sunshine Pils. Want to shove up it up Philadelphia with a PA beer. (Same one as the Game 3 win.))

  37. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Oh, whiskey, you villain,
    You’ve been my downfall,
    You’ve kicked me, you’ve cuffed me,
    But I love you for all.

    If the ocean was whiskey,
    And I was a duck,
    I’d dive to the bottom
    To get one sweet suck.
    But the ocean ain’t whiskey
    And I ain’t a duck,
    So I’ll play Jack of Diamonds
    And trust to my luck.

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    *I will pinch an honorable Rinaldo tomorrow morning as a final salute to that loathsome team from filthy……..

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mr D – you strike me as someone who’d prefer a 5th round pick over winning the cup.

  40. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    In fact, I’d give both arms and both legs to win the cup. Hanging out thereafter on a wall, but able to watch the games on my gigantic TV.

  41. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Heck, just my head propped on a pillow. I don’t need anything else..

    #real fans are a head

  42. Tonight’s the night, tonight’s the night ……comes a time…..don’t let it bring you down, Philadelphia.

  43. _Mr D – you strike me as someone who’d prefer a 5th round pick over winning the cup._

    And not even a current year 5th rounder, I’ll take a future 5th. The draft is my NHL Finals, a great pick is my Stanley Cup and I don’t care if that great pick ever wins a “real” Stanley Cup. Unless its as a GM when he’s drafting.

  44. Interesting choice going with the PA beer tonight, MD. I got some Victory Dirtwolf at home so I could play along too.

    Founders KBS is out there hanging in the weeds. Can’t find it in the bottle but I do know where it will be on tap in a few weeks. If anyone is interested in where, this kind of info needs to be shared.

  45. lolol Sam Rosen says Richards is coaching JT Miller on how to play D in the neutral/D zone. I pity the nice old goof when he comes on the Charp. I won’t participate, he’ll be happy to know.

  46. Miami,
    Whatever you have to overcome – you should and WILL. Make us proud of you and raise qualification to well-deserved “THE Maimi Pimp”.

  47. JR: I live in hotels, break out the walls. I have accountants pay for it all. Life’s been good to me…so far.”

  48. Good evening all! I was supposed to checking this game as iMama and meeting Phil Collins and his son at a show….hartnell!!!!

    Didn’t work out…so I’m distracting myself with chores til game and game….happy to be with you in the alternative…make it worth my while Rangers and heads!

  49. Sorry if I’ve missed earlier stuff on thread, but major mama love to THE PIMP and Boreale….

  50. I was supposed to be E3…please don’t get me started….trying to stay ZZZZZZ positive, but am kinda bummed

  51. Cally and Robinson Cano seriously disrespected by NY, offered a combined measly 215 mil. Harumph!

  52. If I don’t get the Collins’ I better get a hartnelling win tonight….Prust saying

  53. Sam actually said that. Heard it with my own ears on the radio. On the radio, oh, oh, on the radio.

  54. Booby, I have a couple Dirt Wolf left here too. I’ll switch over if we need me to.

  55. Sorry Mama, this is better though.

    Mister D, that’s the kind of game planning and commitment that will help us get the win!

  56. Watched a bit of rookie Ike Davis in a 2010 game. Man, has he ever aged in 4 years.

  57. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – let me punch you in the face rendering you unconscious till game 1 vs the Pens….

  58. thanks all….I’m not sure if I feel better or worse, but I knew I could count on you..

  59. You can’t hurry love, but where is Go Time? I can handle being bronze but not Carp’d!

  60. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    EJ Sporadic just abounded, once again, that growing up he was a Islanders fan and hated the Rangers. What a tool.

  61. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    How could anyone grow up to be a Devils or Islanders fan? How is that even possible?

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