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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Today's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers today at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 30-20-6, and sixth in the Eastern Conference with 66 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Panthers, 2-1, in the shootout on Friday at BankAtlantic Center, and have earned a point in nine of their last 14 games (6-5-3). Following today's contest, the Rangers will travel to St. Louis to face-off against the Blues, tomorrow, February 16, at Scottrade Center (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four days. The Flyers, 29-16-9, currently rank fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with 67 points, and have won three of their last four games.

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Today's game will be televised nationally on NBC. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 206.

Rangers vs. Flyers Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are 17-8-3 at home this season; The Flyers have posted a 13-9-6 record in 28 road contests.

* The Rangers are 9-6-0 against the Atlantic Division this season; The Flyers have posted a 7-2-4 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* The Blueshirts have held opponents scoreless on the power play in their last three games at MSG (nine attempts).

* New York tallied one goal in six power play attempts (16.7%) vs. Philadelphia this season.

* The Rangers are 8-1-2 in their last 11 meetings vs. Philadelphia overall, and have shutout the Flyers four times during the stretch.

* The Blueshirts have earned a point in four of their last five games vs. the Flyers at MSG, posting a 2-1-2 mark over the span.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 8-3-2 record with two shutouts in 15 career regular season appearances vs. Philadelphia; Steve Valiquette is 5-1-1 with a 1.63 goals against average and two shutouts in seven career regular season games vs. the Flyers.

* Blair Betts (one goal and one assist), Nikolai Zherdev (one goal and one assist) and Dan Girardi (two assists) are tied for the team lead with two points vs. the Flyers in one game this season; Girardi also leads the team with two assists.

* Scott Gomez has registered 42 points (11 goals and 31 assists) in 49 career games vs. the Flyers; Chris Drury has notched 21 points (seven goals and 14 assists) in 29 career games vs. Philadelphia; Girardi has recorded 12 assists in 13 career contests vs. the Flyers.

* The Rangers are 7-1-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets this season, including a 4-0-0 mark when playing at MSG.

* Henrik Lundqvist registered his second 40-plus save performance of the season, and fourth of his career, on Friday at Florida; His 42 saves marked a season-high.

* Dale Weise, the Rangers' fourth round selection (111th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has registered six goals and six assists for 12 points in 53 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season; With his goal last night vs. Manitoba, Weise now leads all Hartford rookies with six goals, while his 12 points and six assists rank second and third, respectively, among Wolf Pack rookies.

* 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: 102-99-37-6
At MSG: 52-43-23-4
At Philadelphia: 50-56-14-2

2008-09 - Rangers vs. Flyers
Oct. 11 Rangers 4, Flyers 3 at Philadelphia
Feb. 15 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
March 14 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia
March 15 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
April 9 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
April 12 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 15 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 Rangers at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Feb. 18 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Feb. 22 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m. (Bathgate/Howell Night)

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 1-2-2
Last 10 NYR games: 3-5-2

Injuries

* Dmitri Kalinin has missed five games with an upper-body injury.

* The Rangers have lost 17 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack (27-22-2-3, 59 pts.) dropped two out of three non-conference home games this week.  The Manitoba Moose (Vancouver affiliate) handed the Pack a 4-2 defeat on Wednesday, before the Pack rebounded to thump Lake Erie (Colorado affiliate), 6-2, on Friday night.  The Moose then returned to the XL Center on Saturday night and beat the Pack again, this time by a score of 4-1.  Ken Gernander’s club is now off until Wednesday night (7:00), when it starts a busy week with a home game vs. Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate).  The Wolf Pack travel to Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) Friday (7:00), host Portland (Buffalo affiliate) Saturday (7:00) and wrap up the week with a visit to Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate) Sunday (4:00).

For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
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