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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their 2008-09 regular season home finale. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 41-30-9, and eighth in the Eastern Conference with 91 points. The Rangers enter today's contest having defeated the Canadiens, 3-1, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, and have won 10 of their last 17 games (10-6-1). The Blueshirts are 13-4-2 in their last 19 games at MSG, dating back to a 5-4 win on Dec. 29 vs. the Islanders. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will travel to Philadelphia to face-off against the Flyers on Sunday, April 12, at the Wachovia Center (5:00 p.m.), in their 2008-09 regular season finale. The Flyers, 43-25-11, currently rank fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with 97 points, and have lost three of their last five games.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 205.

Rangers vs. Flyers Pre-Game Notes


* The Rangers are 25-11-4 at home this season; The Flyers have posted a 19-13-7 record in 39 road contests.

* The Rangers are 13-9-0 against the Atlantic Division this season; The Flyers have posted a 12-5-4 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* The Blueshirts tallied three goals in nine power play opportunities (33.3%) in their last meeting with the Flyers on March 15 at MSG.

* New York has held opponents scoreless on the power play in 12 of their last 15 games at MSG (49-for-52, 94.2%).

* The Blueshirts are 13-4-2 in their last 19 games at MSG, dating back to a 5-4 win on Dec. 29 vs. the Islanders.

* The Rangers are 9-3-2 in their last 14 meetings vs. Philadelphia overall, and have shutout the Flyers four times during the stretch.

* The Blueshirts have earned a point in six of their last nine games vs. the Flyers at MSG, posting a 5-3-1 mark over the span.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 9-5-2 record with two shutouts in 18 career regular season appearances vs. Philadelphia; Steve Valiquette is 5-1-1 with a 1.65 goals against average and two shutouts in eight career regular season games vs. the Flyers.

* In the season series, four Rangers -- Sean Avery, Nikolai Zherdev, Ryan Callahan, and Wade Redden -- are tied with three points apiece vs. the Flyers; Avery leads the team with three goals in two games, while Callahan and Redden are tied for first on the club with three assists each; Nik Antropov has registered five points (three goals and two assists) infour games against the Flyers this season.

* Scott Gomez has registered 43 points (11 goals and 32 assists) in 52 career games vs. the Flyers; Avery has notched 12 points (five goals and seven assists) in 15 career games vs. Philadelphia; Dan Girardi has recorded 12 assists in 16 career contests vs. the Flyers.

* Antropov is tied with Callahan for the team lead in goals (seven) since joining the Rangers on March 4.

* Zherdev is one goal shy of 100 career NHL goals; In 362 career games, he has registered 99 goals and 139 assists for 238 points.

* Evgeny Grachev, the Rangers' third round selection (75th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has registered six goals and six assists for 12 points in eight playoff games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL); He was named the OHL Rookie of the Year yesterday.

* 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: 103-101-37-6
At MSG: 53-44-23-4
At Philadelphia: 50-57-14-2

2008-09 - Rangers vs. Flyers

Oct. 11 Rangers 4, Flyers 3 at Philadelphia
Feb. 15 Rangers 2, Flyers 5 at MSG
March 14 Rangers 2, Flyers 4 at Philadelphia
March 15 Rangers 4, Flyers 1 at MSG
April 9 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
April 12 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule

April 9 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
April 12 Rangers at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games

Last 5 NYR games: 2-3-0
Last 10 NYR games: 5-4-1

Injuries

* None

* The Rangers have lost 30 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
 
Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack (45-27-3-3, 96 points) moved two points closer to clinching first place in the Atlantic Division with a 4-3 win at Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate) on Wednesday night.  The winning goal was a shorthander by Mark Bell with 20.2 seconds left in the third period, the Wolf Pack’s fifth shorthanded tally in the last three games and their AHL-best 19th of the season. The Pack have now won five of their last six games and eight of their last 10, and have at least a standings point in 19 of their last 23 outings (18-4-1-0). Hartford had seen a seven-game home winning streak come to an end in a 4-3 loss to Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) Sunday, after the Wolf Pack had set a franchise record with three shorthanded goals in a 6-0 triumph in Providence (Boston affiliate) on Friday, their most lopsided win of the season.  The Pack wrap up their last week of the regular season with a visit to Lowell tomorrow night (7:00) and a home game Saturday (7:00) vs. Springfield (Edmonton affiliate).

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

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