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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Philadelphia

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Today’s Game
The Rangers begin their seventh and final three-game homestand of the season today when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m.), in a matchup between Atlantic Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 30-29-9  (69 pts.).  The Rangers enter today's contest having defeated the Atlanta Thrashers, 5-2, on Friday at Philips Arena, giving the Blueshirts their fifth consecutive season with at least 30 wins. New York has now registered a point in seven of their last 10 contests, posting a record of 5-3-2 (12 pts.) over the span. The Flyers enter the contest with a 36-27-4 (76 pts.) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference.  Following today's contest, the Rangers continue their three-game homestand on Tuesday, Mar. 16, when they will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup, before closing out the homestand on Thursday, Mar. 18, vs. the St. Louis Blues (7:00 p.m.).

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Rangers vs. Flyers Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 27th in the NHL at home with a record of 14-15-6 (34 pts.) in 35 games; the Flyers have posted a record of 15-15-2 (32 pts.) in 32 road games to rank 18th in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 5-10-3 vs. the Atlantic Division; Philadelphia has registered a 12-5-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* The Rangers have posted a 20-9-4 record against the Flyers since the 2005-06 season, including a 7-6-3 mark at MSG over the span.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-2-0 with a 2.61 goals against average and a .920 save percentage in three appearances vs. Philadelphia this season; Lundqvist is 12-7-2 with a 2.97 goals against average and two shutouts in 23 career regular season appearances vs. the Flyers.

* Wade Redden has tallied a team-high 24 assists and 31 points, and leads all team defensemen with seven goals in 53 career regular season contests vs. Philadelphia.

* Vinny Prospal leads the Rangers with 15 goals in 39 career regular season games vs. the Flyers.

* Prospal tallied his first career hat trick vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 14, 2005 (Esche).
* Dan Girardi made his NHL debut at Philadelphia on Jan. 27, 2007.

* New York lists one former Flyer on its roster: Prospal (1996-97 to 1997-98, 2007-08).

* Philadelphia lists two former Rangers on its roster: Blair Betts (2005-06 to 2008-09); Ian Laperriere (1995-96).

All Time – Rangers vs. Flyers
Overall: 106-103-37-6
At MSG: 54-45-23-4
At Philadelphia: 52-58-14-2

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Flyers
Dec. 19 Rangers 2, Flyers 1 at Philadelphia
Dec. 30 Rangers 0, Flyers 6 at MSG
Jan. 21 Rangers 0, Flyers 2 at Philadelphia
March 14 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
April 9 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
April 11 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Mar. 14 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 3 p.m.
Mar. 16 Rangers vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 18 Rangers vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Mar. 21 Rangers at Boston, 12:30 p.m.
Mar. 24 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.


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* The Rangers have lost 57 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
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