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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Philadelphia

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

  • Mon. Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • Flyers: 2-2-1*
  • Rangers: 1-1-0

TONIGHTS GAME

The Rangers continue the 2014-15 preseason with a contest against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network). Tonight's matchup marks the third of six preseason games for the Rangers, and is also the first half of a home-and-home set with Philadelphia. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 1-1-0 preseason record (0-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) following a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night at United Center.

2014-15 PRESEASON GAME SUMMARIES

  • Sept. 26, Rangers 4 at Blackhawks 1 – The Rangers opened the scoring 50 seconds into the game, as Oscar Lindberg beat Corey Crawford with a wrist shot from in between the circles. New York extended the lead to two with just over nine minutes remaining in the first period as Anthony Duclair redirected a cross-ice pass from Rick Nash into the net. Chicago cut the deficit in half in the second period, but J.T. Miller’s power play goal with 6:02 remaining in regulation gave the Blueshirts a 3-1 lead. Marek Hrivik closed out the scoring with 3:22 to play in the contest. Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves to record his first win of the preseason, while Cedrick Desjardins stopped all 15 shots he faced in relief.

  • Sept. 22, Rangers 4 vs. Devils 5 – The Rangers rallied from two-goal deficits twice in their first game of the preseason. After New York allowed two goals in the first 3:29 of the contest, Carl Hagelin and Ryan Malone each tallied goals to tie the game at two. New Jersey tallied the only goal of the second period, and took a 4-2 lead by scoring with 8:21 remaining in regulation. Once again, the Blueshirts tied the game, as Chris Kreider registered a goal with five minutes left, and Jesper Fast recorded a goal with 2:30 remaining in the game. Adam Henrique tallied the game-winning goal for New Jersey with 51.7 seconds left in the contest.

RANGERS VS. FLYERS – 2013-14
The Rangers posted a 2-2-0 against the Flyers during the regular season in 2013-14 (2-0-0 at home, 0-2-0 on the road). New York allowed two goals or fewer in three of the four contests, including one goal or fewer in two games, and extended its regular season winning streak against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden to eight games. Chris Kreider tallied a point in each of the three regular season games he played against the Flyers last season, and led all skaters with four points (two goals, two assists) in the season series. The Rangers also defeated the Flyers in the Metropolitan Division Semifinals, four games to three, last year.

TEAM EFFORT
Four different Rangers registered a goal and 10 different Rangers recorded a point in each preseason contest this year. Over the first two preseason games, eight different Rangers have tallied a goal, and 19 different Blueshirts have registered a point.

SPECIAL (TEAMS) PERFORMANCE
New York has recorded a power play goal in each of the first two preseason games. The Rangers have also killed off nine of 10 power plays against them in their first two preseason games, and are tied for sixth in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency in the preseason (90%).

DUC OF MANHATTAN
Anthony Duclair
registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, in the Rangers’ 4-1 victory against the Blackhawks on Friday. The 19-year-old is tied for the team lead in goals (one) and shots on goal (five), ranks second in points (two), and is tied for second in assists (one) in the preseason.

IT’S MILLER TIME
J.T. Miller
has registered a point in each of the Rangers’ first two preseason games. He leads the team in assists (two) and points (three), and is tied for the team lead in goals (one) in the preseason.

TOP OF THE HEAP
Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goalies (minimum 200 appearances) in appearances (574), wins (309), GAA (2.26), and shutouts (50), and ranks second in SV% (.920).

MAC ATTACK
Ryan McDonagh
was named Team MVP and received the Players’ Player Award for being the Ranger who best exemplifies what it means to be a team player last season. He became the 10th Ranger defenseman to be named Team MVP since the award’s inception following the 1941-42 season, and he was the first Ranger to receive both awards since Brian Leetch in 2002-03. In the 2014 Playoffs, McDonagh tied for first among NHL defensemen in assists (13) and ranked second among NHL defensemen in points (17). He also established a Rangers record for assists by a defenseman in one playoff series with eight during the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal.

SHUTTING THE DOOR
Last season, the Rangers set a single-season franchise record by allowing one goal or fewer in 31 regular season contests. New York led the NHL in games with one or fewer goals against, and posted a 28-2-1 record in games when they allowed one goal or fewer in 2013-14.

RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash
tied a single-season Rangers record by registering nine game-winning goals during the 2013-14 season. Nash became the sixth Ranger to tally nine game-winning goals in one season, joining Don Maloney (1980-81), Mark Messier (1996-97), Jaromir Jagr (2005-06), Ryan Callahan (2011-12) and Brad Richards (2011-12). He tied for third in the NHL in game-winning goals, and led the Rangers in goals (26) last season.

GARDEN 366
Madison Square Garden will unveil the addition of a historical New York Rangers moment to the “Garden 366 presented by SAP” exhibit prior to tomorrow night’s game. The unveiling will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the SAP Madison Concourse.

INJURIES

  • Derek Stepan (Non-displaced fractured fibula on 9/24) – four-to-six weeks
  • Ryan Malone (Hip flexor) – day-to-day

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Sept. 24 – Assigned Troy Donnay, Michael Kantor, Nickolas Latta, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Richard Nejezchleb, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls, Sam Noreau, Mackenzie Skapski, Michael St. Croix, and Andrew Yogan to Hartford’s training camp; Assigned Ryan Graves, Brandon Halverson, Keegan Iverson, Ryan Mantha, Adam Tambellini, and Daniel Walcott to their Junior teams; Released Nathan Burns and Dallas Valentine from their tryout agreements.

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