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GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Tonight's Game

The Rangers close out a season-high, six-game homestand tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). At 6-6-1, the Blueshirts are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference with 13 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest following a 2-1 shootout win vs. the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. New York has posted a 4-1-0 record during the current homestand and are 6-2-0 at home this season. The Flyers, 8-4-0, are currently in first place in the Atlantic Division and rank third in the Eastern Conference with 16 points. Philadelphia is now 4-4-0 on the road, following their 3-2 win against the Capitals in Washington on Friday.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised by Versus. Click here for Versus channel listings in the New York area. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York.

Rangers vs. Flyers Pre-Game Notes:

* The Rangers are 6-2-0 at MSG this season; Philadelphia has posted an 4-4-0 record in eight road contests.

* New York is 2-2-0 against Atlantic Division opponents; Philadelphia is 2-0-0 vs. the Division.

* The Rangers have won seven of the last 10 meetings with the Flyers (7-3-0).

* In the 2006-07 season series, the Rangers tallied five goals on 44 power play opportunities (11.4%), including two power play marks from Petr Prucha; The Blueshirts penalty kill yielded six goals in 37 times shorthanded (83.8%).

* The Rangers penalty kill has not allowed a goal in their last 19 times shorthanded, and are 29 for 30 over the last seven matches (96.7%).

* In the first five games of the current homestand, New York's power play has clicked for four goals in their last 20 opportunities (20.0%).

* The Blueshirts have posted a 1-0-0 record in the first of back-to-back games this season; Following tonight's match, the Rangers will travel to Long Island to face the Islanders tomorrow night at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.).

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a 5-1-0, along with a 2.68 goals against average and one shutout (5-0) in seven contests against the Flyers last season.

* In eight games against Philadelphia last season, Jaromir Jagr notched four goals and six assists for 10 points, while Martin Straka registerd four goals and four assists for eight points in seven games; Simon Gagne led the Flyers with four goals and eight points (four goals and four assists) in seven games vs. the Rangers.

* The first meeting between the two teams last season ended in a shootout, when Marcel Hossa's successful tally in the 13th round of the extra session gave New York the 5-4 win; Hossa's goal was the only goal registered in the shootout, which was the second longest in franchise history (longest - 15 rounds; Nov. 26, 2005 vs. Washington, 3-2, Malik).

* Lundqvist has held opponents to one or fewer goals in six of the last seven games, and has yielded only six goals over the span.

* Jagr has registered 100 points (37 goals and 63 assists) in 77 career matches vs. the Flyers; Brendan Shanahan has tallied 39 points (11 goals and 28 assists) in 42 games against Philadelphia; In 20 career contests vs. Philadelphia, Chris Drury has notched six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.

* Jagr has recorded at least one point in 15 of the last 17 games vs. the Flyers, registering 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points over the span.

* Alex Bourret, acquired from Atlanta on February 27, has registered two goals and six assists for eight points, along with 16 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season; Last season, his first as a professional, the 21-year old forward led the Wolf Pack in assists (34) and finished third on the team in scoring with 50 points (16 goals and 34 assists).

* The Rangers have no former Flyers on their roster.

All-Time - Rangers vs. Flyers
Overall: 96-98-37-4
At MSG: 50-42-23-3
At Philadelphia: 46-56-14-1

2007-08 – Rangers vs. Flyers
Nov. 5 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
Nov. 15 Rangers vs. Flyers at The Wachovia Center
Jan. 10 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
Jan. 31 Rangers vs. Flyers at The Wachovia Center
Feb. 9 Rangers vs. Flyers at The Wachovia Center
March 2 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
March 21 Rangers vs. Flyers at The Wachovia Center
March 25 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG

Upcoming Regular Season Schedule

Nov. 5 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Nov. 8 Ranges vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Nov. 10 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Nov. 14 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 4-1-0
Last 10 NYR games: 5-4-1

* Martin Straka suffered a broken finger on Oct. 20.

* Ryan Callahan suffered a grade-two knee sprain on Oct. 23.

* Marek Malik suffered bruised ribs/back on Nov. 1 vs. Washington.

* The Rangers have lost 24 manpower games to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack have lost back-to-back games for the first time on the season, after dropping a 2-1 decision at Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate) on Sunday. The Pack had a three-game winning streak snapped Saturday night, by a 5-2 home defeat at the hands of the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs affiliate), following a 4-3 victory at home Friday over Worcester (San Jose affiliate). The Wolf Pack face another three-game weekend this weekend, traveling back to Manchester on Friday (7:05), hosting Albany (Carolina affiliate) Saturday (7:00) and visiting Portland on Sunday (4:05).. Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:

Ivan Baranka earned Second-Star honors in Friday evening's win over Worcester, with two assists and a plus-3.

Alex Bourret bagged the GWG with 6:17 remaining in Friday night's third period, garnering Third-Star honors in the Wolf Pack's 4-3 win over Worcester. He had points in all three of the weekend's game (1-2-3).

Lauri Korpikoski chipped in two assists Friday night in the Wolf Pack's win vs. Worcester.

Greg Moore notched the Pack's only goal yesterday at Manchester, in a 2-1 loss, tying him for the team leadership with five tallies on the year.

Pierre Parenteau scored both of the Wolf Pack's goals (two PPG) in Saturday evening's 5-2 loss to Toronto.

Tom Pyatt netted the first two goals of his pro career, and added an assist, in Friday night's triumph over Worcester, good for First-Star honors.

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