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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Tonight's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers, today at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.) in the second game of a home-and-home set. The Blueshirts are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 39-26-10, and rank sixth in the Eastern Conference with 88 points. New York enters the contest having been defeated by the Flyers, 4-3, in a shootout on Friday at the Wachovia Center and are now 12-2-4 in their last 18 games. The Rangers are 17-6-2 vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season. Following today's match, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils, Thursday, March 27, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Flyers, 38-28-10, are currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division standings with 86 points and have won their last three games.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised nationally on Versus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 1050 New York.

Rangers vs. Flyers Pre-Game Notes:

* The Rangers are 23-13-1 at MSG this season; The Flyers have posted a 19-14-4 record in 37 road contests.

* The Rangers are 17-6-2 against the Atlantic Division this season; The Flyers have posted a 13-11-2 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* The Blueshirts have posted a 17-5-4 record in their last 26 games dating back to Jan. 22 vs. Atlanta, including a 8-2-1 mark at MSG during the stretch.

* New York has surrendered just four power play goals in their last 14 contests at MSG (35 for 39, 89.7%).

* The Rangers have outscored the Flyers, 44-30, in their last 13 meetings, posting a record of 10-2-1 over the span.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted an 8-3-1 record with two shutouts in 14 career regular season appearances vs. Philadelphia; Stephen Valiquette is 4-1-1 with a 1.36 goals against average and two shutouts in six career regular season appearances vs. the Flyers, including two shutout wins this season.

* In the season series, Scott Gomez leads the Rangers with seven points (one goal and six assists) in seven games vs. the Flyers, while Brendan Shanahan and Nigel Dawes have each notched a team-high, three goals.

* Jaromir Jagr has registered 105 points (39 goals and 66 assists) in 84 career games vs. the Flyers; Shanahan has notched 53 points (15 goals and 38 assists) in 62 career games vs. Philadelphia; Martin Straka has collected 51 points (22 goals and 29 assists) in 60 career contests vs. the Flyers.

* Jagr tied Dave Andreychuk for 12th on the NHL's all-time goals list with his 640th career goal on Friday at Philadelphia; The Rangers' Captain is one goal shy of posting his 17th consecutive 20-goal season, which would tie him for the third longest streak of its kind in league history.

* Fedor Tyutin is one goal shy of tying his career-high (six goals), which he established during the 2005-06 season.

* Straka enters tonight's contest riding a three-game, assist streak (three assists).

* Justin Soryal, signed as a free agent by the Rangers on March 12, registered 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points in 59 games with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season; The 20-year old forward has notched two goals in four playoff contests for the eighth-seeded Petes, who trail the top-seeded Belleville Bulls, 3-1, in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals.

*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: 101-99-37-5
At MSG: 52-43-23-3
At Philadelphia: 49-56-14-2

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 5, Flyers 4 (SO) at MSG
March 21 Rangers 3, Flyers 4 (SO) at Philadelphia
March 25 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG

Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
March 25 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
March 27 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
March 30 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
March 31 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
April 2 Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

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

* Paul Mara suffered a facial fracture on Feb. 23 at Buffalo, and has missed 12 games.

* Blair Betts underwent minor foot surgery on Thursday, and has missed one game.

* The Rangers have lost 133 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack nailed down their 11th Calder Cup playoff berth in 11 seasons this past week, by gaining five out of a possible six points in three games (2-0-0-1). The Pack stormed back from a 3-1 third-period deficit on Wednesday at home vs. Philadelphia (Flyers affiliate), in a game they would go on to win in overtime by a score of 5-4. In a rematch on Friday night in Philadelphia, the Wolf Pack again wiped out a 3-1 Phantom lead in the third period, but this time would lose in a shootout, 5-4. In a Saturday-night visit to Springfield (Edmonton affiliate), the Pack knocked off the Falcons by a final of 4-1.  The Wolf Pack are unbeaten in regulation in four straight games (3-0-0-1) and have at least a standings point in six of their last seven outings (5-1-0-1). They face a four-game slate this week, traveling to Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) tomorrow night (7:05), playing home vs. Worcester (San Jose affiliate) Friday (7:00) and Springfield Saturday (7:00), and paying a visit to in-state rival Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) Sunday (4:00).

Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:

Dane Byers tallied his 20th goal of the season, and added an assist, in the Pack’s 5-4 overtime victory vs. Philadelphia Wednesday, then netted the game-winner with his 21st of the year in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Springfield.

Josh Gratton notched 1-1-2 in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Springfield. He has goals in back-to-back games (2-1-3) and points in five of his last six contests (4-3-7), after being held scoreless in his first four games with the Wolf Pack.

Andrew Hutchinson has 1-10-11 in his last seven games and 6-14-20 in his last 13. He leads AHL defensemen in points (58), by a margin of 11 over his nearest competitor, and assists, and is tied for 18th overall in the league in points.

Greg Moore
scored to tie Wednesday’s game vs. Philadelphia with 15 seconds remaining in regulation, after going without a goal in his previous seven games and scoring only one in his previous 14. He netted his first pro penalty-shot goal in Friday’s 5-4 shootout loss at Philadelphia, and chipped in two assists to the Pack’s 4-1 win at Springfield Saturday.

P.A. Parenteau struck for seven points (4-3-7) in the weekend’s three games and ranks fifth in the AHL in points. He earned First-Star honors in Saturday’s 4-1 win in Springfield with 1-1-2, and also notched 1-1-2 in Friday’s 5-4 shootout defeat at Philadelphia. Parenteau urned in another First-Star performance Wednesday night at home, with 2-1-3, including the overtime GWG, in the Pack’s 5-4 overtime triumph over Philadelphia. He is currently riding a four-game goal-scoring streak (5-3-8) and has 5-5-10 in his last six games.

Corey Potter leads AHL defensemen in plus/minus, at a plus-30, and stands second overall in the league in that category.

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