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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Today's Game

The Rangers face-off against their division rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, in a matinee matchup at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.). The Blueshirts are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 33-24-8,and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference with 74 points. New York enters the contest having defeated the Hurricanes, 4-2, Thursday at the RBC Center and have now earned at least one point in eight straight contests (6-0-2). The Rangers are 11-3-2 in their last 16 contests dating back to a 4-0 win on January 22 vs. Atlanta. Following today's match, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders, Tuesday, March 4, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Flyers, 33-25-7, are currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division standings with 73 points and have won their last three games.

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Today's game will be televised nationally on NBC. You can also catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 1050 New York.

Rangers vs. Flyers Pre-Game Notes:

* The Rangers are 20-13-0 at MSG this season; The Flyers have posted a 18-13-1 record in 32 road contests.

* The Rangers are 13-6-0 against the Atlantic Division this season; The Flyers have posted a 9-10-1 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* New York has posted a record of 11-3-2 in their last 16 games, notching 52 goals while holding opponents to a 1.98 goals against average over the span.

* In their last 14 games, the Blueshirts have registered 11 goals in 56 power play opportunities for a success rate of 19.6%.

* New York has surrendered just three power play goals in their last 10 contests at MSG.

* The Blueshirts have won six of the last seven meetings, and have shutout the Flyers four times over the span.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted an 8-3-1 record with two shutouts in 13 career regular season appearances vs. Philadelphia; Steve Valiquette is 3-1-0 with a 0.90 goals against average and two shutouts in four career regular season appearances vs. the Flyers, including two shutout wins this season.

* In the season series, Scott Gomez leads the Rangers with six points (one goal and five assists) in five games vs. the Flyers and Brendan Shanahan has notched a team-high, three goals in four games.

* Jaromir Jagr has registered 102 points (38 goals and 64 assists) in 82 career games vs. the Flyers; Shanahan has notched 51 points (15 goals and 36 assists) and 80 penalty minutes in 60 career games vs. Philadelphia; Martin Straka has collected 48 points (21 goals and 27 assists) in 58 career contests vs. the Flyers.

* Five Rangers enter today's contest riding scoring streaks of three games or more, including Chris Drury (seven games), Shanahan (six games), Jagr (four games), Sean Avery (four games), and Nigel Dawes (three games).

* Lundqvist shutout the Panthers on February 24 to post his eighth shutout and the Rangers' 10th of the season, the most since Ed Giacomin and the Rangers in 1970-71.

* Dawes became the second Blueshirts' rookie to tally 10 goals this season (Brandon Dubinsky), marking the first time two or more Rangers' rookies accomplished the feat since 1999-00 (Mike York - 26; Jan Hlavac - 19).

* Bobby Sanguinetti, the Rangers' first round pick (21st overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has registered 25 goals and 39 assists for 64 points in 55 games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season; The Trenton, New Jersey native finished the month of February with 12 points (seven goals and five assists) in 12 games, including a four-point game (two goals and two assists) on February 3 at Erie and a three-game scoring streak from February 21 at Saginaw to February 24 vs. Ottawa (four goals and two assists).

* The Rangers have no former Flyers on their roster.

* The Flyers roster lists one former Ranger; Mike Knuble (1998-99 to 1999-00).

All-Time - Rangers vs. Flyers
Overall: 100-99-37-4
At MSG: 51-43-23-3
At Philadelphia: 49-56-14-1

2007-08 – Rangers vs. Flyers
Nov. 5 Rangers 2 vs. Flyers 0 at MSG
Nov. 15 Rangers 4 vs. Flyers 3 at Philadelphia
Jan. 10 Rangers 2 vs. Flyers 6 at MSG
Jan. 31 Rangers 4, Flyers 0 at Philadelpha
Feb. 9 Rangers 2, Flyers 0 at Philadelphia
March 2 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
March 21 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia
March 25 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG

Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
March 2 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.
March 4 Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
March 6 Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
March 9 Rangers vs. Boston, 3 p.m.
March 10 Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 4-0-1
Last 10 NYR games: 6-2-2

* Petr Prucha suffered a shoulder injury on Feb. 10 at Washington, and has missed six games.

* Paul Mara suffered a facial fracture on Saturday at Buffalo, and has missed two games.

* Colton Orr suffered a bruised sternum on Saturday at Buffalo, and has missed two games.

* The Rangers have lost 119 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack dropped a 2-1 Atlantic-Division decision to the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles affiliate) at home last night. The Pack have won only three of their last seven games (3-3-0-1), but have at least a standings point in 16 of their last 19 outings (12-3-2-2).  The Wolf Pack are on the road today (4:05), facing the team directly behind them in the Atlantic, the Portland Pirates (Anaheim affiliate).  After that, Ken Gernander’s club is off until Friday (8:35), when they start a two-game Texas road trip in Houston (Minnesota affiliate).

Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:

Andrew Hutchinson became the first Wolf Pack defenseman ever to register a five-point game, tied Wolf Pack franchise record for goals in a season by a defenseman with his 15th, and established AHL career high in assists, when he notched 1-4-5 in First-Star performance in Friday night’s 6-2 triumph vs. Norfolk. Hutchinson leads all AHL defensemen in points (53) and has points in seven of his last eight games (6-9-15) and 10 of his last 12 (7-13-20).

Lauri Korpikoski registered his second two-goal game in the span of three contests Friday vs. Norfolk.  Had the first three-game goal-scoring streak (5-0-5) of his AHL career snapped on Saturday night at home against Manchester.

David LeNeveu turned in Second-Star performance in his Wolf Pack debut on Saturday night, stopping 30 of 32 shots in the Pack’s 2-1 home loss to Manchester.

P.A. Parenteau stands fourth in the AHL in points (61), after posting at least a point in seven of his last nine games (6-7-13).

Corey Potter is tied for the AHL lead in plus/minus among defensemen, at a plus-26, and stands tied for second overall in the league in that category.

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