NEW YORK RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:00 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 2-5-0 (4 pts)
Flyers: 1-7-0 (2 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow, Oct. 24, at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their third consecutive divisional matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank seventh in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 14th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 2-5-0 (4 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Devils, 4-0, on Saturday at New Jersey. The Flyers enter the contest with a 1-7-0 (2 pts) record to rank 16th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last four games. Following tomorrow's contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Joe Louis Arena (7:00 p.m.), as they wrap-up their season-opening nine game road trip.
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Prior to tomorrow's contest, the Blueshirts' morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. (local time) at Wells Fargo Center. Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media following the morning skate.
*Schedule and available subject to change
RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
All-Time: 119-109-37-7 overall (62-47-23-4 at home; 57-62-14-3 on the road)
2013-14: Tomorrow is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Wells Fargo Center.
Last Season: New York was 3-2-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 1-2-0 on the road). Four of their five meetings were decided by two or fewer goals, with two games separated by one goal. The Rangers out-scored the Flyers, 14-11, including a 6-3 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts' power play was 4-18 (22.2%), led by Ryan Callahan's team-high, two power play goals in the series. Derek Stepan led the Rangers with five assists and seven points in five games, while Rick Nash (four goals, two assists) notched a team-leading, four goals in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .929 Sv%.
The Rangers have won 11 of their last 13 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 48-24, over the span.
The Blueshirts have won five of their last seven games at Philadelphia, out-scoring the Flyers, 24-17, over the span
New York is 2-5-0 on the road; Philadelphia is 1-4-0 at home
New York is 1-1-0 vs. divisional opponents; Philadelphia is 0-2-0 vs. divisional opponents
New York lists no former Flyers on their roster
Philadelphia lists one former Ranger on their roster: Adam Hall (2006-07)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 42 GP, 25-12-3, 2.52 GAA, 4 SO
Brad Richards – 41 GP, 10-30-40
Ryan Callahan – 32 GP, 15-10-25
Derek Stepan – 17 GP, 6-12-18
Dan Girardi – 41 GP, 0-23-23
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (4:00) on Saturday at New Jersey. New York ranks 16th in the NHL overall (4-22, 18.2%), and 15th on the road (4-22, 18.2%). The Rangers are 2-2 (0:48) in five-on-three situations (last – 10/12 at STL), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 3-4 (4:54) on Saturday at New Jersey, and are now 17-20 (85.0%) in the last four games. New York ranks 22nd in the NHL overall (22-28, 78.6%), and 19th on the road (22-28, 78.6%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 0-0 (0:00) when three-on-four. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:39) on Saturday at New Jersey, and are now -2 in eight four-on-four situations (12:12) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
The Rangers defeated the Capitals, 2-0, on Oct. 16 at Washington, in their first meeting since the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Including Games 6 and 7 of that series, New York has out-scored Washington, 8-0, in their last three contests. Henrik Lundqvist's shutout streak against the Capitals is currently at 180:00 mins.
The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 36-22, on Oct. 16 at Washington, including a 21-6 advantage in the second period. The 36 shots were a season-high for the Rangers, while their 21 shots in the second were the most for the Blueshirts in a single period since Mar. 15, 2011* (21 shots in the first period vs. NYI). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
The Rangers have posted a record of 287-278-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-118-49 mark at home and a 110-160-45 record on the road. New York (2-5-0) is scheduled to play 12 games during the season's opening month in 2013-14.
Legendary Rangers' defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season's opening month.
The Blueshirts' all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season's opening month. Henrik Lundqvist has recorded 37 career wins during the month of October.
New York has posted two, seven-game winning streaks in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games during the season's opening month in 2009-10 (Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto) and 1988-89 (Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver to Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh).
The Rangers are in the midst of a nine-game road trip to begin their 2013-14 regular season campaign. The trip will establish a franchise record for longest road trip to start the season, breaking the old record of seven games set in 2011-12. It will also tie the franchise mark for longest road trip overall, established during the 1955-56 season. The Blueshirts are slated to open their home schedule on Oct. 28 against Montreal, their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).
NEW (AND FAMILIAR) FACES
Benoit Pouliot and Jesper Fast (NHL debut) made their Rangers debut in the season opener on Oct. 3 at Phoenix, while Justin Falk made his Rangers debut on Oct. 12 at St. Louis. In addition, Dominic Moore returned to the Rangers lineup after skating with the Blueshirts from 2003-04 to 2005-06, and Derek Dorsett made his regular season debut after skating in 11 playoff contests with the Rangers last season. Cam Talbot is looking to make his NHL debut tomorrow at Philadelphia.
COUNTDOWN TO 6K
The Rangers have played in 5,949 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 51 games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 94 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 88-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is 2-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
THE HOT LIST:
Brad Richards – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games, including four points (one goal, three assists) in the last three games
Derick Brassard – four assists in the last five games, including three assists in the last three contests
Derek Stepan – five assists in the last seven games
THE KING'S REIGN:
Henrik Lundqvist is one of four active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9), and is the only goaltender with an active streak of eight straight 20-win seasons
Was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, the fifth time in his eight-year career he has been voted a finalist for the award which he won in 2012
Finished last season tied for the league lead with 24 wins, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to lead the league in wins since Mike Richter in 1993-94 (42)
Passed Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs) with a 20-save shutout in last season's finale against New Jersey, the 51st total shutout of his career
The Blueshirts' netminder has captured Rangers’ MVP honors for a franchise record, seven consecutive years. His seven Rangers’ MVP awards are also a franchise record, passing Brian Leetch (six) for the most in franchise history.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Marc Staal – 2 points from 100th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Anton Stralman – 100th career NHL point (10/8 at SJS)
Arron Asham – 1,000th career NHL penalty minute (10/10 at ANA)
Carl Hagelin (IR - 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 7
Rick Nash (IR - 10/14; head injury - 10/8, out indefinitely) – 4
Ryan Callahan (IR - 10/21; broken thumb - 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 1
Henrik Lundqvist (injured, day-to-day)
Total Man-Games Lost: 14
Oct. 20 – Goaltender Martin Biron announced his retirement
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