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Rangers-Flyers Preview/Game Notes

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Rangers-Flyers Preview/Game Notes
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
GAME NOTES

Tonight's game is the Flyers' 50th game of the season...The Flyers have a 28-16-5 record for 61 points through 49 games (first in the Atlantic Division, second in the Eastern Conference and tied for sixth overall in the NHL)...The Flyers defeated the Los Angeles Kings in Philadelphia on Tuesday, 3-2 in overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Philadelphia on Jan. 24, 4-3...The Flyers lost to New Jersey in Philadelphia on Jan. 22, 7-3, ending their four-game winning streak...The Flyers have a 9-1-1 record in their last 11 games and a 12-2-2 record in their last 16 games (both losses in regulation play were to New Jersey)...Tonight's game is the fifth game of a six-game homestand (3-1-0 record through four games)...The Flyers play four of their next five games at home...The Flyers have surpassed their win and point totals from last season (finished the 2006-07 season with 22 wins and 56 points)...The Flyers have a 21-5-3 record when scoring the first goal of the game...The Flyers have only lost three times when leading after a period (11-1-1 record when leading after the first period and 22-1-0 record when leading after two periods)...The Flyers have a 12-6-5 record at home and a 16-10-0 record on the road...The Flyers' 6-0-0 home record was the team's best start at home since their 8-0-0 start at home during the 1986-87 season...The Flyers have won their last five road games (longest current streak in the NHL)...The Flyers' 16 wins in road games is tied for the fourth most in the NHL this season...The Flyers lead the NHL in penalty minutes per game at 19.3 minutes per game.
Scott Hartnell recorded a hat trick in the Flyers' 6-2 win in New York on Jan. 10. (Getty Images)

Shots: The Flyers have averaged 27.7 shots per game and have allowed 32.9 shots per game this season...The Flyers have been outshot on average 5.2 shots per game...The Flyers have been outshot in 32 of 49 games this season (10-3-2 record when outshooting opponent; 16-13-3 record when outshot by opponent; 2-0-0 record when shots are even).

REGULAR SEASON LIFETIME VS. NY RANGERS: This is the fourth of eight meetings between these two teams this season...The Flyers won one of the first three meetings this season (1-1-1 record)...The Flyers are winless in their last five home games against the Rangers (0-4-1)...The Flyers' last win against the Rangers in Philadelphia was on April 15, 2006, 4-1...The Flyers lead the all-time series with a 103-93-37-5 record, including a 57-44-14-2 record at home.

LAST MEETING:
January 10: FLYERS 6, NY Rangers 2 at Madison Square Garden: The Flyers allowed the first two goals of the game, but rebounded by scoring the final six goals in the game en route to a 6-2 win over the Rangers. Scott Hartnell led the Flyers by posting a natural hat trick. Mike Richards also posted three points in the contest (3A). Simon Gagne, Stefan Ruzicka and Mike Knuble each scored a goal for the Flyers. Gagne returned to the lineup after missing the previous 26 games due to injury. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki stopped 39 of 41 shots faced to record his fourth consecutive win. Stars of the Game: 1st - Scott Hartnell; 2nd - Antero Niittymaki; 3rd - Steve Downie.

INJURIES:
TOTAL MAN-GAMES LOST TO INJURY IN 2007-08: 151
Rory Fitzpatrick (D) - Has missed the last six games due to a sports hernia...Will be out of action indefinitely.
Joffrey Lupul (RW) - Has missed the last 10 games due to a mild concussion and spinal cord contusion sustained at Toronto on Jan. 5...Will be out of action indefinitely.

TRANSACTIONS:
January 29 - Flyers recalled forward Jesse Boulerice from the Philadelphia Phantoms.
January 30 - Flyers reassigned forward Jesse Boulerice to the Philadelphia Phantoms.

FLYERS' RECORD AGAINST:

The Flyers have a 25-12-5 record against Eastern Conference opponents; including 5-4-2 against Northeast Division teams, 10-2-2 against Southeast Division teams and 9-6-1 against Atlantic Division teams, and a 4-4-0 record against the Western Conference; including 3-2-0 against Northwest Division teams and 1-2-0 against Pacific Division teams.

GOALS FOR/GOALS AGAINST:

The Flyers have scored 163 goals this season (3.33 goals per game average)...The Flyers allowed 137 goals against this season (2.77 GAA).

The Flyers have a 26-2-5 record when scoring three or more goals and a 2-14-0 record when scoring two or fewer goals. The Flyers have a 6-14-5 record when allowing three or more goals and a 22-2-0 record when allowing two or fewer goals.

The Flyers have scored at least three goals in each of the last 11 games (48 goals over span - 4.36 goals per game).

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Flyers have scored 61 goals on 245 power play attempts this season (24.9%), including 33 goals on 125 attempts at home (26.4%)...The Flyers have successfully killed 195 of 241 power play attempts against this season (80.9%), including 80 of 101 attempts at home (79.2%)...The Flyers scored nine shorthanded goals this season, while allowing five shorthanded goals against.

The Flyers have scored at least a power play goal in each of the last 11 games (19 goals in 57 power play attempts - 33.3%).

TOYOTA CUP:
Mike Richards - 39
Martin Biron - 34
Joffrey Lupul - 27
Danny Briere - 24
Jeff Carter - 19
Scott Hartnell - 19
Antero Niittymaki - 19
Complete Standings

RECENT GAMES:

January 29: FLYERS 3, Los Angeles 2 in overtime at Wachovia Center: Scott Hartnell scored the game-winning goal with 29 seconds left to play in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Braydon Coburn and Simon Gagne each also scored a goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Martin Biron stopped 29 of 31 shots faced to record the win. Stars of the Game: 1st - Braydon Coburn; 2nd - Scott Hartnell; 3rd - Scottie Upshall.

January 24: FLYERS 4, Pittsburgh 3 at Wachovia Center: Mike Knuble's third-period goal broke a 3-3 tie and was the eventual game-winning goal as the Flyers defeated the Penguins, 4-3. R.J. Umberger led the Flyers as he recorded a goal and two assists. Defensemen Randy Jones and Jim Vandermeer each also scored a goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Martin Biron stopped 21 of 24 shots faced to record the win. Stars of the Game: 1st - R.J. Umberger; 2nd - Randy Jones; 3rd - Jordan Staal.

January 22: New Jersey 7, FLYERS 3 at Wachovia Center: The Devils rode five power play goals to a 7-3 win over the Flyers. Defenseman Johnny Oduya posted four points (1G,3A) in the contest to lead the Devils. Danny Briere, Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter each scored a goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki allowed five goals on 20 shots faced in 34:33 minutes played to record the loss. Stars of the Game: 1st - Johnny Oduya; 2nd - Patrik Elias; 3rd - Mike Richards.

January 20: FLYERS 6, Ottawa 1 at Wachovia Center: The Flyers scored the first four goals of the game and the final two goals of the game to defeat the Senators, 6-1. Scottie Upshall (2G), Braydon Coburn (1G), Scott Hartnell (1G), R.J. Umberger (1G), Sami Kapanen (1G) each scored at least one goal for the Flyers. Coburn (1G,2A) and Upshall (2G,1A) each posted three points in the contest. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki stopped 25 of 26 shots faced to record the win. Stars of the Game: 1st - Simon Gagne; 2nd - Scottie Upshall; 3rd - Riley Cote.

January 19: FLYERS 5, NY Islanders 3 at Nassau Coliseum: The Flyers scored the first goal of the game and the final four goals of the game to turn a 3-1 second-period deficit into a 5-3 win. Scott Hartnell led the Flyers by posting four points in the contest (3G,1A). Each of Hartnell's three goals were scored on the power play (tied team record for most power play goals in a game - fourth time). Steve Downie and Mike Richards each scored a goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Martin Biron stopped 28 of 31 shots faced to record the win. Stars of the Game: 1st - Scott Hartnell; 2nd - Mike Richards; 3rd - Kimmo Timonen.


The New York Rangers haven't had a whole lot of success away from home lately. But if there's a place where they've been able to count on a road win in recent years, it's Philadelphia.

New York looks to avoid extending its road losing streak to seven games while trying for its sixth straight win at the Wachovia Center when it faces the Flyers on Thursday.

It's been six years since the Rangers lost seven in a row on the road. They went 0-6-1 from Dec. 31, 2001-Jan. 17, 2002.

The Rangers (24-22-6) enter this game not having won away from Madison Square Garden since beating Toronto 6-1 on Dec. 29. They're 0-4-2 since and that win over the Maple Leafs was their lone victory in their last 11 road games (1-6-4).

But making the 100-mile trek to Philadelphia has been a boost to New York's confidence lately. The Rangers have won five straight and nine of the past 10 on the Flyers' home ice dating to March 27, 2004.

New York's offense continued to sputter on Tuesday night in a 3-1 loss at Carolina, the first game of a four-game road trip. No team in the NHL has fewer goals than the Rangers' 125, and they've scored just 14 in their last seven games.

"We need the points, we need the wins," said center Scott Gomez, who had five shots against the Hurricanes. "I take responsibility ... you have to put those in the net."

Gomez has been one of the Rangers' few consistent point producers with 11 goals and a team-high 37 assists.

Brendan Shanahan leads New York with 16 goals, but his one against Carolina was his first point in his last nine games. Shanahan has a pair of goals against the Flyers this season.

The Rangers have taken two of three meetings with Philadelphia (28-16-5) this season - both in November - while the Flyers won 6-2 at MSG on Jan. 10.

Since taking the loss in that contest, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has gone 4-3-1 with a 1.85 goals-against average, allowing one goal or fewer four times.

Philadelphia has been one of the NHL's hottest teams over the past month. The Flyers have gone 12-2-1 since Dec. 27 and haven't lost in regulation to a team other than New Jersey since Dec. 21 in Buffalo.

The Flyers are third in the league in goals with 163, and haven't scored fewer than three in a game since Jan. 4 in New Jersey.

It looked like they might not hit that mark on Tuesday against Los Angeles, but Scott Hartnell kicked in a controversial goal in overtime to give Philadelphia a 3-2 win.

"The guy knocked me down, it hit my skate and went in," Hartnell said. "It doesn't matter how pretty they are."

Aesthetically pleasing or not, Hartnell has been scoring plenty lately. He has 11 goals - five game-winners - and six assists in his past 10 games, including a pair of hat tricks, the first coming on Jan. 10 against New York.

Six of Hartnell's goals have come on the Philadelphia power play, which at 25.1 percent is the league's best. It's been even better of late - the Flyers have scored at least once with the man advantage in 11 straight, going 19-for-55 (34.5 percent).

"There has been a lot of talk about our power play lately," coach John Stevens said. "We have done a great job all year of moving the puck quickly and as soon as there is a lane to the net, we shoot the puck with traffic in front of the net."

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 25 '08PHI 2 at NYR 1 - OTM. Richards
Mar 21 '08NYR 3 at PHI 4 - SOM. Richards
Mar 02 '08PHI 4 at NYR 5 - SOB. Shanahan
Feb 09 '08NYR 2 at PHI 0N. Dawes
Jan 31 '08NYR 4 at PHI 0N. Dawes
Jan 10 '08PHI 6 at NYR 2S. Hartnell
Nov 15 '07NYR 4 at PHI 3 - SOB. Shanahan
Nov 05 '07PHI 0 at NYR 2J. Jagr
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