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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Philadelphia

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

  • Thursday, Apr. 17, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • Rangers: 45-31-6 (96 pts)*
  • Flyers: 42-30-10 (94 pts)*
  • *Regular season records

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, Apr. 17, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 1 of their Metropolitan Division Semifinals matchup. The Blueshirts lost their regular season finale, 1-0, to the Montreal Canadiens in overtime on Saturday. New York enters tonight's contest with a 213-233-8 record all-time in 454 playoff contests (120-89-2 at home; 93-144-6 on the road). The Rangers have posted a 44-49-5 record all-time in Game 1 of a playoff series.

The Rangers enter the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS - RANGERS vs. FLYERS
The Rangers and Flyers are meeting in the playoffs for the 11th time, and the first time since the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers have posted a 4-6 playoff series record against Philadelphia, and are 20-27 in 47 playoff contests against the Flyers. The Blueshirts have faced the Flyers in the first round of the playoffs on five occasions, and have a 3-2 playoff series record in those matchups. New York is also 2-1 in playoff series against the Flyers in which they won Game 1.

RANGERS vs. FLYERS

  • All-Time: 121-111-37-7 overall (64-47-23-4 at home; 57-64-14-3 on the road)
  • 2013-14: New York was 2-2-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). Derick Brassard tied for the series lead with two goals, while Brad Richards tallied three points (one goal, two assists) and led all skaters with 18 shots on goal. The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer in three of the four contests, including one goal in each of the two games at MSG. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2-1-0 record with a 2.03 GAA and a .940 SV%.
  • The Rangers have won eight consecutive games against Philadelphia at MSG, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011, and have outscored the Flyers, 31-9, over the span
  • New York has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last eight home games against Philadelphia, and in 14 of the last 17 overall contests against the Flyers
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 8-0-0 with a 1.13 GAA, .960 SV%, and 2 SO in his last eight games against the Flyers at MSG
  • New York was 20-17-4 at home during the regular season; Philadelphia was 18-16-7 on the road
  • New York lists one former Flyer on their roster: Daniel Carcillo (2008-09 - 2010-11)
  • Philadelphia lists one former Ranger on their roster: Adam Hall (2006-07)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS (Regular Season)

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • The Blueshirts penalty kill was 48-51 (94.1%) with seven shorthanded goals in the final 21 games of the regular season
  • Power Play: New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and 24th at home (20-132, 15.2%). The Rangers were 6-18 (8:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/21 at CBJ), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (6): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
  • Penalty Killing: New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and sixth at home (89-105, 84.8%). The Rangers were 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 8-10 (8:06) when three-on-four (last – 3/24 vs. PHX). The Rangers were tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals with 10: 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh); 3/30 at EDM (Nash); 3/30 at EDM (Zuccarello); 4/1 at VAN (St. Louis).
  • Four-on-Four: The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) this season. Four-on-four goals for (8): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh); 3/7 at CAR (Nash); 3/24 vs. PHX (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (10): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak); 3/26 vs. PHI (Voracek); 4/12 at MTL (Gionta, PS).

HOME ICE
The Rangers have home-ice advantage in a playoff series for the fourth time in the last three seasons, and the first time since the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012 vs. New Jersey. The Blueshirts are 9-4 in their last 13 Game 1s at MSG. New York has won seven of the last eight playoff series in which they had home-ice advantage.

FAST START
The Rangers are 32-12 all-time in playoff series when winning Game 1, and have a 21-6 record in playoff series when they won Game 1 at home.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist
established two franchise records during the 2013-14 season, becoming the Rangers' all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa, and the team's all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. The Rangers goaltender also became the first goalie to win at least 30 games in eight of his first nine NHL seasons. Last season, Lundqvist moved into second place on the Rangers' all-time playoff appearances and wins list in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 23, 2013 vs. Boston.

SHUTTING THE DOOR
The Rangers ranked first in the NHL in and established a single-season franchise record for games in which they allowed one or fewer goals (31). New York posted a 28-2-1 record when allowing one goal or fewer. The Blueshirts also allowed two goals or fewer in 49 games this season, posting a 38-10-1 record in those contests. The Blueshirts allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of their final 23 home games, giving up 43 goals over the span (1.87 goals against per game over the span). New York ranked fourth in the NHL in goals against per game this season (2.32).

RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash
tallied his ninth game-winning goal of the season on Apr. 10 vs. Buffalo, tying Mark Messier, Jaromir Jagr, Don Maloney, Brad Richards, and Ryan Callahan for the franchise record for game-winning goals in one season. Nash tied for third in the NHL in GWG and led the Rangers in goals (26) this season.

WELCOME MATS
Mats Zuccarello
led the Rangers in points this season with 59 (19 goals, 40 assists). The Rangers forward became the first Norwegian-born player to lead a team in scoring in NHL history, and his 59 points were the most a Norwegian-born player had in one season. Since Oct. 26, Zuccarello recorded a point in 42 of 70 games, tallying all 59 of his regular season points in the 70 contests. The Rangers posted a 31-8-3 record when Zuccarello recorded a point this season. Zuccarello received the 2013-14 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, as voted on by the fans for the player that goes above and beyond the call of duty. He was the third European-born player to receive the award (Jan Erixon - 1987-88, 1990-91; Henrik Lundqvist - 2005-06).

FINISHING THE JOB
The Rangers ranked sixth in the NHL in winning percentage when leading after two periods this season (.903; 28-1-2 record). The Blueshirts have recorded at least one point in 122 of their last 123 regular season contests when leading after the second period (114-1-8 record), dating back to the 2009-10 season.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers posted a 25-14-2 record on the road this season, including a 23-8-2 record in their final 33 road contests. The Blueshirts established a franchise record for road wins in one season with their 25th of the year on Apr. 1 at Vancouver. The Rangers have posted an 83-54-10 road record dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season, and are the only team to win at least 24 road games in three of the last four seasons. The Blueshirts led the Eastern Conference in road wins, and were only one of three teams to record at least 25 road wins this season. New York won six of the final nine regular season road games, tallying at least one point in eight of those contests (6-1-2). The Rangers posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts' 52 road points this season rank second in franchise history (2011-12 – 53).

THE HOT LIST

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 8-2-1 in his last 11 games (1.89 GAA, .935 Sv%, 1 SO) and 11-4-1 in his last 16 (1.81 GAA, .939 Sv%, 2 SO)
  • Derek Stepan – 22 points (7 G, 15 A) in the final 23 games
  • Mats Zuccarello – 9 points (4 G, 5 A) in the last seven games; 24 points (6 G, 18 A) in his last 25 games
  • Benoit Pouliot – 9 points (3 G, 6 A) in the last 10 games
  • Derick Brassard – 9 points (5 G, 4 A) in the last 13 games

INJURIES (122 Man-Games Lost - Regular Season)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Apr. 15 – Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Mat Bodie
  • Apr. 14 – Recalled J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL)
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