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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Philadelphia

Metropolitan Division Semifinals: Game 7

Wednesday, 04.30.2014 / 8:23 AM / News
New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

  • Wednesday, Apr. 30, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • Rangers: 3-3
  • Flyers: 3-3

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, Apr. 30, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 7 of their Metropolitan Division Semifinals matchup. The best-of-seven series is tied 3-3, following the Flyers' 5-2 victory in Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. New York enters tonight's contest with a 216-236-8 record all-time in 460 playoff contests (122-90-2 at home; 94-146-6 on the road).

The Rangers entered 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 following Game 6 of this series, are 23-30 in 53 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. The Rangers defeated the Flyers in Game 1 of a playoff series for the fourth time in franchise history. New York is 2-1 in the three previous playoff series in which they won the series opener against Philadelphia.

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%.
  • 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 its roster: Daniel Carcillo (2008-09 - 2010-11)
  • Philadelphia lists one former Ranger on its roster: Adam Hall (2006-07)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS (Regular Season)

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Power Play: The Rangers were 0-5 (9:50) in Game 6 at Philadelphia. The Blueshirts are 12th in the NHL overall (3-28, 10.7%), and are tied for eighth at home (3-15, 20.0%) in the playoffs. New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and 24th at home (20-132, 15.2%) during the regular season. 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: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:26) in Game 6 at Philadelphia. The Blueshirts are 15th in the NHL overall (13-19, 68.4%), and are tied for 13th at home (6-9, 66.7%) during the playoffs. New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and sixth at home (89-105, 84.8%) during the regular season. 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: New York did not yield/tally a goal in two four-on-four situations (2:10) in Game 6 at Philadelphia. The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) during the regular 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).

SEVENTH HEAVEN
The Rangers are 6-5 in 11 Game 7s in franchise history, and have won all five Game 7s they have played at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won six of the last Game 7s they have played, dating back to the 1992 Patrick Division Semifinals. The Rangers have won a seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons (2012 against Ottawa, 2013 against Washington).

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. Lundqvist has started a franchise-record, 72 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist's streak is only the seventh time in NHL history

NYR goalie playoff appearances nyr goalie playoff wins nyr goalie playoff shutouts
1. mike richter - 76 1. mike richter - 41 1. mike richter - 9
2. henrik lundqvist - 73 2. henrik lundqvist - 33 2. henrik lundqvist - 8
3. ed giacomin - 65 3. ed giacomin - 29 3. dave kerr - 7




Lundqvist has posted a:

  • 3-1 record, with a 1.00 GAA, a .963 SV%, and 1 SO in four career Game 7s
  • 6-2 record, with a 1.48 GAA, a .950 SV%, and 2 SO in his last eight elimination games
  • 5-0 record, with a 0.98 GAA, a .966 SV%, and 2 SO in his last five elimination games at MSG

BACK-TO-BACK
The Rangers have posted a 4-1 record in the second game of their last five back-to-back sets in the playoffs, dating back to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 18, 1994 vs. NY Islanders. New York has also posted a 4-1 record when the second game of the back-to-back set is at MSG, dating back to Apr. 12, 1987 vs. Philadelphia. The Blueshirts posted a 9-4-0 record in the second game of back-to-back sets during the regular season.

TEAM EFFORT
Eleven different Rangers have tallied a goal in the playoffs. The Blueshirts are tied for fifth in the NHL in players who have recorded at least one goal in postseason play.

SHUTTING THE DOOR
The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of their last 25 regular season and playoff games, giving up 48 goals in the 25 contests (1.92 goals against per game). New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 19 of its last 26 regular season and playoff games at MSG, allowing 50 goals over the span (1.92 goals against per game).

FLYING HIGH
The Rangers have won 16 of their last 23 regular season and playoff games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011. New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 18 of the 23 games and has tallied at least four goals in 11 of the 23 contests.

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. Following their 4-1 win in Game 1 on Apr. 17, the Blueshirts are 10-4 in their last 14 Game 1s at MSG. New York has won seven of the last eight playoff series in which they have had home-ice advantage.

MOVING ON UP
Dan Girardi
skated in his 70th career playoff game on Tuesday, tying Mark Messier and Jeff Beukeboom for sixth place on the Rangers' all-time playoff games played list.

nyr playoff games played list
5. rod gilbert - 79
t-6. dan girardi - 70
t-6. mark messier - 70
t-6. jeff beukeboom - 70
9. ron duguay - 69
t-10. steve vickers - 68
t-10. adam graves - 68


ROAD WARRIORS

The Rangers posted a 25-14-2 record on the road this season. 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 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. The Rangers posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history.

INJURIES (6 Man-Game Lost - Playoffs)

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