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Flyers aim to end Rangers' recent dominance

Friday, 02.10.2012 / 4:04 PM

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Flyers aim to end Rangers' recent dominance
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
RANGERS (34-13-5) at FLYERS (31-16-7)

TV: MSG, CSN-Philadelphia

LAST 10:
New York 6-3-1; Philadelphia 4-3-3

Season series:
This is the fifth meeting between the Atlantic Division rivals, with the Rangers winning the first four. Most recently, Artem Anisimov had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win in New York on Feb. 5.

Big Story:
Can the Rangers continue their dominance against the Flyers? They've won the last six meetings against their division rival, dating to March 6, 2011.

Team Scope:


Rangers: Ruslan Fedotenko arrived at the Rangers' practice facility to work out Friday, but after a few minutes on the stationary bike, it was ruled that the veteran forward would not make the trip to Philadelphia for Saturday's game.

Fedotenko was knocked out of Thursday's game by a hard hit to the head from Tampa Bay's Dominic Moore.

In Fedotenko's place, the Rangers likely will dress defenseman Stu Bickel and go with seven blueliners.

Flyers: Finally healthy after a first half of the season that saw him suffer shoulder, foot and head injuries, Brayden Schenn appears to be starting to live up to the vast potential that greeted his arrival in the June deal that sent former Flyers captain Mike Richards to the Kings.

"I think he is finally feeling like he is here and a contributing factor," coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's just a tough start when you have three injuries the way he did right from camp. You train all summer, you come to camp and you hope to come in and have an impact and then there are substantial injuries and substantial time. I do think it takes away from everything -- your timing, your game conditioning and everything you need to play. I do feel like now he is getting it back and finding his way out there."

Schenn's goal in Thursday's win against the Maple Leafs was his fourth in his last seven games; he had 2 goals in his first 19 games.

Who's Hot:
In four games against the Flyers this season, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has allowed just six goals on 118 shots (.949 save percentage). … Schenn is getting hot at the right time for the Flyers -- he's the only Philadelphia player to score more than once on Lundqvist this season.

Injury Report:
Besides Fedotenko, the only other Rangers regular out will be defenseman Michael Sauer (concussion). … The Flyers will be without forward James van Riemsdyk, who has a concussion. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is questionable due to the flu.

Stat Pack: Both teams have 114 wins in the all-time series between the teams.

Puck Drop:
Due to a quirk in the scheduling, this will be the Rangers' first indoor game in Philadelphia this season.

"I was thinking about that last night after the game," Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto told The (Bergen) Record. "It's a really exciting place to play. The Winter Classic feels like forever ago. Honestly, it was a great experience but (Saturday) will be a totally different experience. That game is not going to come in at all."


2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 03 '12NYR 5 at PHI 3R. Callahan
Feb 11 '12NYR 5 at PHI 2R. Callahan
Feb 05 '12PHI 2 at NYR 5M. Del Zotto
Jan 02 '12NYR 3 at PHI 2B. Richards
Dec 23 '11PHI 2 at NYR 4M. Gaborik
Nov 26 '11PHI 0 at NYR 2B. Richards
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Gaborik53272148+163076
R. Callahan53211940+253105
B. Richards53172138-21237
D. Stepan53112637+221022
M. Del Zotto5372229+253002
A. Anisimov5291827+123021
B. Dubinsky5061622+118401
C. Hagelin3581321+161001
R. McDonagh5341519+222801
D. Girardi5341519+141212
R. Fedotenko517714-41210
B. Boyle535914+74701
B. Prust5321113+411400
J. Mitchell355611+11400
A. Stralman30279+11600
J. Woywitka26156+2800
E. Christensen20145+0210
S. Bickel22055+36000
M. Rupp31404+16702
S. Eminger32224+12400
S. Avery15303+22101
M. Sauer19123+92100
W. Wolski9033-2200
A. Deveaux9011+32900
M. Staal17000-4400
T. Erixon13000+0800
K. Newbury7000-12400
M. Zuccarello3000+0200
B. Bell1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
H. Lundqvist4025-11-47311991.81.939
M. Biron1410-2-1273342.03.919
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
C. Giroux51224062-22365
S. Hartnell55262349+1688134
J. Jagr47132639+81851
W. Simmonds55181634-26773
M. Read52161632+10634
K. Timonen5523032+113620
D. Briere46131831+25722
J. Voracek5592231+32402
M. Carle5542428+02630
M. Talbot55131124+33611
J. van Riemsdyk37111122-12221
S. Couturier51101020+111203
A. Meszaros5561420+33812
B. Coburn5421113+04400
C. Pronger1311112+11010
B. Schenn27639-32221
Z. Rinaldo42167-515400
H. Zolnierczyk36325-122800
M. Bourdon36224+14401
A. Lilja32033+22200
E. Gustafsson16022+8200
J. Shelley21011-62700
A. Nodl12011-1200
T. Sestito12011-37800
E. Wellwood1011+3000
K. Marshall10000-1800
B. Holmstrom5000+0200
M. Walker4000-21600
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov3819-11-610010052.78.900
S. Bobrovsky2212-6-1555802.84.905