FIVE THINGS: Game 1 - Flyers at New York Rangers
Game Day arrives as Flyers travel to Madison Square Garden to kick off rival series
Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 7:00 AM / News
The Flyers face off against the Rangers for the 11th time in franchise history, going 6-4 in the previous series… This is the first time the two teams have met in the playoffs since the 1997 Eastern Conference Final, which the Flyers won 4 games to 1, and earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Final… The Flyers first meeting with the Rangers in the playoffs was 1974, when they defeated the Rangers, in seven games, on their way to their first Stanley Cup Championship… The Flyers and Rangers met six times in the 80's, with each team winning three of those series… Overall, the Flyers own a 17-10 record in home games against the Rangers and 10-10 record at Madison Square Garden, and have won their last five playoff games at MSG with their last playoff loss at the Garden coming on Apr. 12, 1987.
The Flyers head into the playoffs with the NHL's #1 power-play unit on the road at 25.2%, recording 34 goals on 135 attempts… Overall the Flyers PP finished eighth in the NHL at 19.7%, while the Rangers finished 15th in the League at 18.2%… The Flyers finished the season by recording a power-play goal in five of their last six games, going 5-for-17, at 29.4%, while the Rangers finished the regular season not allowing a goal on the opposition's power-play in their final seven games, going a perfect 16-for-16 on the PK… The Flyers own the NHL's 2nd best penalty kill unit on the road at 85.9%, while the Rangers own the NHL's 3rd best PK on the road at 85.8%… Overall, the Flyers PK unit ranks 7th in the NHL at 84.8%, while the Rangers are ranked 3rd in the NHL at 85.3%… The Rangers finished tied for third in the NHL with 10 shorthanded goals, while the Flyers were tied for eighth with eight shorthanded goals.
Ray Emery will get the start in Game 1 for the Flyers - In 10 career games against the Rangers, Emery has seven victories, posting a 7-2-0 record to go along with a 1.87 goals-against average and .936 save percentage... The Flyers own an all-time record of 32-36 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and have won their last two Game 1s… The Flyers have a 23-9 record in playoff series when they go on to win Game 1, compared to a 15-21 series record when losing Game 1… Four of the Flyers last five Game 1s have been decided by one goal, including the last two Game 1s decided in overtime, which the Flyers both won… 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… The Rangers have posted a 44-54 record all-time in Game 1 of a playoff series.
|Giroux enters the playoffs with over 50 postseason games under his belt, and averages over a point-per-game pace in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 55 points (21g-34a) in those 50 games… He finished third in the NHL's scoring race with 86 points… It marks the third consecutive year that Giroux has finished the season averaging at least a point-per-game pace… Giroux also finished the season averaging at least a point per-game in each of the last three months and four of the final five months of the season... He finished off the season with a four-game point streak where he posted three goals and four assists for seven points in that span… Giroux led the team in points (86), assists (58), power-play points (37) and game-winning-goals (7)… Against the Rangers, Giroux has 24 assists and 30 points in 32 career games.
||Lundqvist finished the season with a 33-24-5 record to go along with a 2.36 goals-against-average and .920 save percentage and five shutouts… He finished the regular season by winning eight of his last 11 starts, going 8-2-1… In the playoffs, Lundqvist owns a 30-37-8 record with a 2.28 goals-against average and .920 save percentage… Against the Flyers, he has posted a career mark of 27-13-3 record with a 2.49 GAA and four shutouts in 45 appearances.