Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
The Rangers begin their third back-to-back set of the 2014-15 season with the first game of a home-and-home matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (1:00 p.m. ET —TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 12 of their last 17 contests (8-5-4), as well as five of their last seven games (3-2-2). New York has posted a 9-8-4 record this season (22 pts), following a 4-3 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday in Tampa. The Flyers have posted an 8-10-3 record this season (19 pts), following a 5-2 loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesay in Detroit.
RANGERS VS. FLYERS
All-Time: 122-111-37-7 record (65-47-23-4 at home, 57-64-14-3 on the road)
2014-15: Today’s game is the second of four contests between the Rangers and Flyers this season, and the first of two meetings between the two teams in Philadelphia. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road) against Philadelphia this season, following a 2-0 victory on Nov. 19 at Madison Square Garden. Cam Talbot stopped all 31 shots he faced to record the victory while Kevin Klein and Rick Nash each tallied a goal in the contest. The Rangers and Flyers will face off again on Nov. 29 (at MSG) and 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. 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%.
New York has posted a 14-4-0 record in its last 18 regular season contests against Philadelphia, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011. The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 15 of those 18 games against the Flyers and have outscored Philadelphia, 60-32, over the span.
The Rangers do not list any former Flyers on their roster
The Flyers list one former Ranger on their roster: Michael Del Zotto (2009-10 – 2013-14)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. FLYERS
Cam Talbot – 2 GP, 1-1-0, 1.01 GAA, .966 SV%, 1 SO – Talbot has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his two career regular season appearances against Philadelphia (two goals against combined), and he has stopped 56 of 58 shots he has faced against the Flyers in the two games. Talbot made his NHL debut in Philadelphia on Oct. 24, 2013 and made his NHL playoff debut in Philadelphia in Game 6 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals on Apr. 29, 2014.
Martin St. Louis – 47 GP, 15-44-59 – St. Louis has recorded a point in 34 of 47 career regular season games against the Flyers. He has notched a point in 13 of his last 17 regular season games against Philadelphia (three goals, 21 assists over the span).
Dan Boyle – 36 GP, 9-22-31 – Boyle has tallied a point in 14 of his last 20 games against the Flyers (seven goals, 15 assists over the span).
Dan Girardi – 46 GP, 0-23-23 – Girardi has recorded more assists/points against the Flyers than against any NHL opponent in his career.
Derek Stepan – 22 GP, 6-14-20 – Stepan has tallied nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last eight 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 (4:11) with three shots on goal on the power play on Nov. 26 at Tampa Bay
The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in four of the last five games (4-for-16; 25%), five of the last seven games (5-for-23; 21.7%), and seven of the last 11 contests (8-for-33; 24.2%)
Leaders in PPG: Brassard (2), Kreider (2), Nash (2), St. Louis (2)
Leaders in PPA: Brassard (5), St. Louis (3), Stepan (3)
Leaders in PPP: Brassard (7), St. Louis (5), Nash (4), Stepan (3)
The Rangers were 2-for-4 (4:12) and allowed three shots on goal on the penalty kill on Nov. 26 at Tampa Bay
Leaders in SH ice time per game: McDonagh (3:18), Girardi (3:06), Staal (2:48), D. Moore (2:30), Hagelin (2:22)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (10), Klein (7), Girardi (6), D. Moore (6), Glass (5)
Martin St. Louis – 2 points away from 1,000 in his NHL career
Tanner Glass – 2 games away from 400 in his NHL career
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis enters today’s game two points away from tallying the 1,000th point of his NHL career. The Rangers’ alternate captain has registered a point in eight of the last 11 games (seven goals, four assists over the span), including a point in four of the last five contests (three goals, two assists over the span). St. Louis is tied for third in the NHL in goals (seven) since Nov. 3. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the six-time NHL All-Star ranks second among all NHL players in points (413) and ranks third in assists (273). 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 NHL POINTS AMONG UNDRAFTED PLAYERS SINCE 1980-81
1. Adam Oates – 1,420
2. Peter Stastny – 1,239
3. Dino Ciccarelli – 1,200
4. Joe Mullen – 1,063
5. Martin St. Louis – 998
Of the 80 players in NHL history who have tallied 1,000 career points, five have accomplished the feat as a Ranger:
Theo Fleury – Oct. 29, 2001 vs. DAL
Pat LaFontaine – Jan. 22, 1998 vs. PHI
Steve Larmer – Mar. 8, 1995 vs. NJD
Mike Gartner – Jan. 4, 1992 at NJD
Rod Gilbert – Feb. 19, 1977 at NYI
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 16 of 21 games this season, and has registered a goal in 13 of those 21 contests (15 goals, eight assists). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nash is the fourth Ranger in franchise history to tally a goal in at least 13 of the first 21 games of a season (Brendan Shanahan – 14 of 21 in 2006-07; Adam Graves – 13 of 21 in 1993-94; Vic Hadfield – 13 of 21 in 1971-72). The five-time NHL All-Star ranks second in the NHL in even strength goals (12), is tied for second in goals (15), ranks third in takeaways (23), ranks fourth in even strength points (18), and is tied for 10th in points (23) this season. Nash leads the NHL in games with a goal (13) and is tied for fifth in the NHL in games with a point (16) in 2014-15. Nash 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 29 of his 62 regular season goals in the third period (46.8%).
SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers posted two consecutive shutouts on Nov. 19 vs. Philadelphia and Nov. 23 vs. Montreal. Prior to recording shutouts in those two games, the last time the Blueshirts recorded shutouts in back-to-back contests during the regular season was Mar. 17, 2003 vs. the NY Islanders and Mar. 19, 2003 vs. Buffalo. New York leads the NHL in shutouts this season (five – includes 1-0 shootout loss against Winnipeg on Nov. 1). The Rangers lead the NHL in games with one or fewer goals allowed since the start of the 2013-14 season (37).
GOALS GALORE: New York tied a season-high with five goals on Nov. 23 vs. Montreal. The Rangers have recorded five goals in a game on three occasions this season and have tallied at least four goals in four of their last 10 games (30 goals over the span). The Blueshirts are tied for sixth in the NHL in games with three or more goals (13) this season, and they are tied for 10th in the NHL in goals per game (2.81) in 2014-15.
STEPAN UP: Since making his season debut on Nov. 8, Derek Stepan has recorded a point in seven of nine games, including an assist in five of those contests (two goals, six assists over the span), and he enters the contest with a four-game point streak (one goal, three assists). Stepan leads the Rangers in assists (six), is tied for the team lead in power play assists (three), and ranks second in points (eight) since returning to the lineup.
BRASS BONANZA: Derick Brassard has registered a point in 13 of the last 19 games (six goals, 11 assists over the span), including nine of the last 13 games (three goals, 10 assists). Brassard is tied for 10th in the NHL in assists (10) and power play points (six) since Oct. 27. He has recorded an assist/point in four of the last five games (four assists) and has notched a power play assist/point in three of the last five contests.
CAM CAN: Cam Talbot posted a 31-save shutout on Nov. 19 vs. Philadelphia. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Talbot is the second Rangers goalie to register at least four shutouts in his first 23 NHL starts (Lorne Chabot posted four in his first eight games during the Rangers’ inaugural season of 1926-27).
INJURIES (42 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) – placed on injured reserve
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