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5 THINGS: Rangers vs. Flyers

Flyers face the New York Rangers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 0-1-0

All-Time Record: 286 gp (121-119-37-9)

Leading Scorers: PHI: 35pts, Voracek (11g-24a) | NYR: 30pts, Stepan (9g-21a)

Power Play: (PHI: 30-for-138, 21.7%, 6th) (NYR: 28-for-122, 22.9%, 4th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 93-of-115, 80.9%, 20th) (NYR: 94-for-112, 83.9%, 9th)

 

1. HOME SWEET HOME

After spending seven of their last nine games on the road, the Flyers return home for brief two-game homestand, where they have earned points in 15 of 20 games this season, going 12-5-3… The Flyers have gone unbeaten in regulation on home ice in their last eight games, posting a 7-0-1 record… The last team to defeat the Flyers in regulation at home were the New York Rangers (3-2 on Nov. 25).

 

2. ROAD WARRIORS

The Rangers are one of the NHL's best teams on the road and have won six of their last seven road contests and have outscored their opponent, 12-5, in their last two road games… They have the most wins in the NHL on the road (13) and have an overall mark of 13-6-0 away from home… The Rangers have the second-most goals scored of any road team and own the NHL's second best power-play at 27.8 percent.

 

Video: Game preview with highlights, interviews and analysis3. OPPOSITE ENDS

The Flyers are tied for third among all NHL teams with 13 games going past regulation play, owning an 8-5 record, while the Rangers have had the fewest amount games go past regulation with just four of their 40 games, going 3-1… The Flyers have had 22 games decided by one goal, recording the fourth most wins in the NHL with 12 victories in one-goal games (12-5-5), while the Rangers have had 14 games decided by one goal, going 8-5-1. 

 

4. POWER AT PLAY AGAIN

The Flyers are in the midst of playing each of the Top 4 power play teams in the NHL in four consecutive games (Ducks #2, Rangers #4, Lightning #3, Blue Jackets #1)… The Flyers have scored power-play goals in two of their last three games and are tied for second in the NHL with 30 power-play goals scored, while the Rangers failed to score on the power play in their last game, but operating at 41.7 percent over their last four games (7-for-17).

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (LW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)

Voracek is the team's leading scorer with 35 points in 39 games and is also the Flyers leading scorer at home, posting 25 of his 35 points at the Wells Fargo Center with 10 goals and 15 assists in 19 games… Voracek also has a five-game point streak at home, recording eight assists and 11 points in that stretch.

RANGERS (C: #21 - Derek Stepan)

The Rangers leading scorer has four goals and nine points in his last seven games… He also plays well against the Flyers, recording nine points (3g-6a) in his last nine games, while recording 28 points (9g-19a) in 30 career games… In his last three season, he has recorded at least 50 points, becoming the first Rangers center to record 50 or more points in three straight seasons since Wayne Gretzky.

 

TODAY AT 50

On January 4, 1980… The Flyers' win their 34th game of their record 35-game unbeaten streak, improving their mark to 24-0-10 as they down the New York Rangers, 5-3, at Madison Square Garden. 

Pat Quinn's Flyers squad builds a 5-0 lead by the middle of the second period and then hangs on the rest of the way for a two-goal win. Mel Bridgman notches a shorthanded goal and an assist, while Philly also gets tallies from Rick MacLeish, Bill Barber, Brian Propp and Bob Dailey.

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