Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
The Rangers host the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET —TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers have earned a point in 10 of their last 14 games (6-4-4) and in eight of their last 10 home games (5-2-3). New York has posted a 7-7-4 record (18 pts) this season, following a 5-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday at MSG. The Flyers have posted a 7-7-2 record (16 pts) this season, following a 6-3 loss against in Montreal Saturday.
RANGERS VS. FLYERS
All-Time: 121-111-37-7 record (64-47-23-4 at home, 57-64-14-3 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the first of four contests between the Rangers and Flyers this season, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers and Flyers will face off again Nov. 28 (at Philadelphia), Nov. 29 (at MSG), Feb. 28 (at Philadelphia)
Last Season: The Rangers posted a 2-2-0 record (2-0-0 at home, 0-2-0 on the road) against Philadelphia during the regular season in 2013-14. New York allowed two goals or fewer in three of the four contests (one goal allowed in each game at MSG). Chris Kreider led all skaters with four points and tied for first among all skaters with two goals during the season series. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.03 GAA and a .940 SV% in three appearances. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, four games to three, in the Metropolitan Division Semifinals. Martin St. Louis tied for first among all skaters with four assists and six points in the seven-game series, while Lundqvist posted a 2.11 GAA and a .919 SV%.
The Blueshirts have posted a 13-4-0 record in their last 17 regular season games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011.
The Rangers list no former Flyers on their roster
The Flyers list one former Ranger on their roster: Michael Del Zotto (2009-10 – 2013-14)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. FLYERS
Henrik Lundqvist – 45 GP, 27-13-3, 2.49 GAA, .916 SV%, 4 SO – Lundqvist has posted a 13-3-0 record, along with a 1.81 GAA, a .941 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 16 regular season appearances against the Flyers. He has also registered an 8-0-0 record, along with a 1.13 GAA, a .960 SV% (218 saves on 227 shots), and 2 SO in his last eight regular season home games against Philadelphia.
Martin St. Louis – 46 GP, 15-43-58 – St. Louis has recorded a point in 33 of 46 career regular season games against the Flyers and has tallied 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) over the span.
Dan Boyle – 35 GP, 9-22-31 – Boyle has recorded more career goals against the Flyers than against any NHL opponent. He has registered a point in 20 of 35 career regular season games against Philadelphia, and has notched 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in his last 12 games against the Flyers.
Dan Girardi – 45 GP, 0-23-23 – Girardi has notched more career assists/points against Philadelphia than against any NHL opponent. He has recorded an assist/point in eight of his last 13 home games against the Flyers.
Derek Stepan – 21 GP, 6-13-19 – Stepan has tallied more career assists and points against Philadelphia than against any NHL opponent. He has registered eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last six games against the Flyers.
The Rangers rank second in the NHL in games with at least one power play goal and one shorthanded goal (21) since the start of the 2009-10 season.
New York was 1-for-3 (4:40) with three shots on goal on the power play on Nov. 17 vs. Tampa Bay
The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in consecutive games (2-for-7; 28.6%), three of the last four games (3-for-14; 21.4%), and five of the last eight contests (6-for-24; 25%)
Leaders in PPG: Brassard (2), Kreider (2), St. Louis (2), Mueller (1), Nash (1)
Leaders in PPA: Brassard (4), Girardi (2), Hunwick (2), McDonagh (2), Nash (2), St. Louis (2)
Leaders in PPP: Brassard (6), St. Louis (4), Nash (3), Girardi (2), Hunwick (2), Kreider (2), McDonagh (2)
The Rangers were 2-for-3 (4:44) and allowed three shots on goal on the penalty kill on Nov. 17 vs. Tampa Bay
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:18), McDonagh (3:18), Staal (2:47), D. Moore (2:37), Hagelin (2:24)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (9), Klein (7), D. Moore (5), Girardi (4), Glass (4)
Rick Nash – 1 assist away from 300 in his NHL career
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 13 of 18 games this season, and has registered a goal in 10 of those contests (12 goals, seven assists). The five-time NHL All-Star leads the NHL in even strength goals (10), is tied for first in goals (12), is tied for second in takeaways (20), is tied for fourth in even strength points (15), and is tied for fifth in shots on goal (67) this season. Nash also leads the NHL in games with a goal and is tied for sixth in the NHL in games with a point in 2014-15. He is the only NHL player to have an active streak of 10 straight 20-goal seasons. Since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season, he has tallied 27 of his 59 regular season goals in the third period (45.8%).
FLYING HIGH: The Rangers have won eight consecutive regular season home games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011. New York has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the eight contests, outscoring Philadelphia, 31-9, over the span.
WORKING OVERTIME: Seven of the Rangers’ first 17 games this season were decided in overtime or later and five of those contests were decided in a shootout. Prior to the stretch, the last time the Blueshirts played seven regular season overtime games in a span of 17 games or less was from Jan. 31, 2012 – Mar. 2, 2012 (seven overtime games in a 16-game span). New York leads the NHL in games decided in a shootout and is tied for first in the NHL in overtime games this season.
ON POINT: Rangers defensemen have recorded eight points (two goals, six assists) over the last four games and have tallied 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) over the last 10 contests (dating back to Oct. 27 vs. Minnesota). Seven different defensemen have notched at least one point for the Blueshirts over the last 10 games.
HOME COOKING: The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last 10 home games (5-2-3 record over the span) and have tallied at least three goals in six of their last nine home games (26 goals over the span). The Blueshirts are tied for third in the NHL in regulation/overtime goals at home (33) this season.
TOP OF THE HEAP: Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (589), wins (316), and shutouts (53), is tied for first in GAA (2.27), and is tied for second in SV% (.920). He leads all active NHL goaltenders in save percentage. Lundqvist ranks fourth or higher among Rangers goaltenders in career wins (first), shutouts (first), SV% (first), appearances (second), and GAA (fourth). He has posted a 6-3-3 record, along with a 2.11 GAA, a .930 SV%, and 3 SO in his last 12 appearances. Lundqvist has also made at least 30 saves in three of his last five appearances. He has posted a 2-1-1 record, along with a 0.98 GAA, a .971 SV% (132 saves on 136 shots), and 2 SO in the four games in which he has made at least 30 saves this season.
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis has registered eight points (six goals, two assists) in the last eight games and is five points away from tallying the 1,000th point of his NHL career. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Rangers’ alternate captain is tied for first among all NHL players in points (410) and ranks third in assists (271). St. Louis is one of two players in NHL history to skate in at least 1,000 career games, record 600 or more assists, tally at least 950 points, and not amass more than 300 penalty minutes (along with Jean Ratelle).
MOST CAREER POINTS AMONG UNDRAFTED PLAYERS SINCE 1980-81
1. Adam Oates – 1,420
2. Peter Stastny – 1,239
3. Dino Ciccarelli – 1,200
4. Martin St. Louis – 995
BRASS BONANZA: Derick Brassard has registered a point in 11 of the last 16 games (six goals, nine assists) and in seven of the last 10 games (three goals, eight assists). He leads the team in assists (nine), power play assists (four), and power play points (six), is tied for the team lead in power play goals (two), and ranks second in points (15) this season.
STEPAN UP: Derek Stepan has registered a point in four of six games since returning to the lineup and making his season debut on November 8, tallying five points (one goal, four assists) over the span. The Rangers’ alternate captain is tied for the team lead in assists and ranks second on the team in points since he made his season debut. Stepan has tallied a point in 19 of his last 29 regular season games, registering 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) over the span.
BOYLE-ING HOT: Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Dan Boyle is tied for first among all NHL defensemen in power play points (104) and ranks fifth among NHL defensemen in assists (160) and points (212). He is tied for first among NHL defensemen in 50-point seasons (six) since the 2002-03 season.
INJURIES (38 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) – placed on injured reserve
Nov. 14 – Assigned Michael Kostka to Hartford (AHL)
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