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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Philadelphia

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight’s Game
NYR VS. ”PHI"
The Rangers close out their regular season home schedule tonight when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a home-and-home set. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 37-33-10 (84 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-1, Wednesday at MSG, to improve to 6-1-1 in their last eight games. The Flyers enter the contest with a 40-34-6 (86 pts.) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference.  Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will conclude their home-and-home set vs. the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Apr. 11, at the Wachovia Center (3:00 p.m.), to close out their 2009-10 regular season schedule.

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Tonight’s game will be televised on MSG Plus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 204.

Rangers vs. Flyers Pre-Game Notes

* New York ranks 27th in the NHL at home with a record of 17-17-6 (40 pts.) in 40 games; Philadelphia has posted a record of 17-20-3 (37 pts.) in 40 road games ranking 20th in the league.

* The Rangers have posted a record of 9-10-3 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Flyers have registered a 13-8-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 2-2-0 with a 2.12 goals against average and a .925 save percentage in four appearances vs. the Flyers this season; Lundqvist is 13-7-2 with a 2.88 goals against average and two shutouts in 24 career regular season contests vs. Philadelphia.

* Chris Drury leads the Rangers with three points (one goal and two assists) in four games vs. Philadelphia this season; Sean Avery leads the team with two goals vs. the Flyers, and Erik Christensen and Dan Girardi are tied with Drury for the team lead with two assists in the season series.

* Wade Redden has tallied a team-high 25 assists and 32 points in 54 career regular season games vs. the Flyers; Vinny Prospal leads the team with 15 goals in 40 career regular season contests vs. Philadelphia.

* Prospal tallied his first career hat trick vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 14, 2005 (Esche).

* Dan Girardi made his NHL debut vs. Philadelphia on Jan. 27, 2007.

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

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

All Time – Rangers vs. Flyers
Overall: 107-103-37-6
At MSG: 55-45-23-4
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 3, Flyers 1
April 9 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
April 11 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule

April 9 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
April 11 Rangers at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.

Injuries

* Brian Boyle has missed eight games with an injury suffered on March 23.

* Sean Avery has missed five games with an injury suffered on March 27.

* The Rangers have lost 74 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack (33-33-6-5, 77 pts.) stand five points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with three games remaining, after a 9-2 loss at the XL Center Wednesday to the Worcester Sharks (San Jose affiliate). That defeat was the Pack’s most lopsided home loss ever, and the seven-goal verdict matched the franchise’s biggest-ever margin of defeat. The Wolf Pack had won two straight and five out of seven prior to the thumping by the Sharks, and need to win all of their last three games to have a chance at a playoff berth.  Their next action is the second half of a home-and-home with the Sharks, tonight (7:05) in Worcester. The Wolf Pack’s home-ice finale is Saturday night (7:00) against Springfield, and then they wrap up the regular season Sunday (3:00) at Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate), which currently occupies the final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference.

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