Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Tuesday, Apr. 29, 7:30 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
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.
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 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.
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 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 0-3 (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
FINISHING THE JOB
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.
SHUTTING THE DOOR
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.
MOVING ON UP
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:
NYR ALL-TIME PLAYOFF GAMES PLAYED 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)
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