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Game Preview: New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers, Jan. 4


Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET

Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA


Rangers: 26-13-1 (53 pts)

Flyers: 20-14-5 (45 pts)


* See the attached document for additional information on all Rangers players (rankings in player profiles are through games completed on Jan. 2)



The Rangers play their 41st game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a back-to-back set tomorrow, Jan. 4, against the Philadelphia Flyers in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Wells Fargo Center (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New York has won 10 of its last 15 contests (10-5-0), including nine of its last 13 games (9-4-0) and six of its last nine games (6-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 26-13-1 record this season.



The Rangers will not have a morning skate prior to tomorrow’s contest. Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media at 6:00 p.m.

*Schedule and availability subject to change



  • All-Time: 128-113-37-8 (67-48-23-4 at home; 61-65-14-4 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Flyers, and the second of two meetings between the two teams in Philadelphia. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), as the Blueshirts defeated the Flyers, 3-2, on Nov. 25 in Philadelphia. Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves in the contest to earn the win, while Kevin Hayes, Matt Puempel, and Derek Stepan each registered a goal in the contest. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Flyers will play against each other on the following dates: Jan. 25 (at MSG), Apr. 2 (at MSG).
  • The Rangers have earned a win in four consecutive games against Philadelphia (dating back to Jan. 16, 2016). The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in nine of their last 11 games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 26, 2014 (8-2-1).
  • The Blueshirts have registered a 20-6-1 record in their last 27 games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011.



  • Michael Del Zotto played parts of five seasons with the Rangers (2009-10 – 2013-14).
  • Dale Weise played 10 games with the Rangers during the 2010-11 season.
  • J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, and Shayne Gostisbehere helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Rick Nash, Steve Mason, and Jakub Voracek were all teammates with the Blue Jackets for three seasons (2008-09 – 2010-11). Scott Arniel served as Blue Jackets Head Coach when all three players were on the roster during the 2010-11 season.
  • Flyers Assistant Coach Ian Laperriere skated in 28 games with the Rangers during the 1995-96 season.
  • 90TH SEASON NOTE – In their first regular season outdoor game, the Rangers defeated the Flyers, 3-2, on Jan. 2, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.



  • Henrik Lundqvist – 51 GP, 32-13-4, 2.40 GAA, .920 SV%, 4 SO – Lundqvist has earned at least one point in each of his last seven appearances against Philadelphia (6-0-1 record, 1.66 GAA, .948 SV%). In his last 22 appearances against the Flyers (dating back to Mar. 6, 2011), Lundqvist has posted an 18-3-1 record, along with a 1.80 GAA, .942 SV%, and 2 SO.
  • Antti Raanta – 4 GP, 2-1-1, 1.74 GAA, .947 SV%, 1 SO – Raanta has made at least 30 saves in three of his four career appearances against Philadelphia.
  • Derek Stepan – 30 GP, 9-19-28 – Stepan has registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in his last nine games against the Flyers, as well as 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in his last 21 contests against Philadelphia.
  • Chris Kreider – 13 GP, 5-4-9 – Kreider has tallied a point in eight of 13 career games against Philadelphia.



The Rangers’ 26 wins in 2016-17 are the fifth-most wins the team has earned through the first 40 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 26 wins in their first 40 games of a season five times in franchise history (1970-71, 1971-72, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17). The Rangers are the only NHL team that has earned at least 13 wins both at home and on the road this season.



In their last 88 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 59-23-6 record in the second game of the set. New York has posted a 6-0-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set in 2016-17.



New York leads the NHL in road wins this season (13) and leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (85). The Blueshirts have earned a win in 12 of their last 16 road contests (12-4-0), including six of their last seven road games (6-1-0).



In three of the last four weeks, a Ranger has been selected as the NHL’s Second Star of the Week (Antti Raanta – week ending on Dec. 11; Henrik Lundqvist – week ending on Dec. 18; Chris Kreider – week ending on Jan. 1).



Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 28-5-1 record in the game following a loss (regulation or overtime/shootout). New York has posted an 11-1-1 record in games following a loss in 2016-17.



The Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello line has tallied 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) over the last five games. The three players have registered 46 points – including 17 goals – in the Rangers’ 16 games since Dec. 1.



The Rangers are the only NHL team that has nine players who have recorded 20 or more points this season, as well as the only NHL team that has six players who have tallied at least 10 goals in 2016-17.



New York leads the NHL in goals (136 – includes two team goals awarded for shootout wins) and ranks third in the NHL in goals per game (3.35) this season. The Rangers have recorded 21 goals over the last five games, registering at least four goals in four of the five contests, and the Blueshirts have tallied six goals in two of the last three games.



Alain Vigneault enters the contest with 170 career wins as the Rangers’ Head Coach, and he is one win away from tying John Tortorella for fourth place on the franchise’s all-time wins list among head coaches.



Henrik Lundqvist earned his 390th career NHL win on Dec. 31 at Colorado, passing Dominik Hasek to become the all-time leader in wins by a European-born goaltender in NHL history. Lundqvist also passed Hasek for sole possession of 12th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list. Lundqvist has played both games of a back-to-back 76 times in the regular season in his NHL career. In the second game of those back-to-back sets, Lundqvist has posted a 48-21-7 record, along with a 2.05 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 8 SO.



In 14 starts this season, Antti Raanta has posted a 10-3-0 record, along with a 2.17 GAA, a .926 SV%, and 2 SO. Since he joined the Rangers prior to the start of the 2015-16 season, Raanta has started the second game of the Rangers’ back-to-back set 13 times. In those 13 games, he has posted a 9-3-1 record, along with a 1.93 GAA, a .934 SV%, and 2 SO.



Chris Kreider was selected as the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending on Jan. 1. He tied for the NHL lead in goals in December (11 – tied with Sidney Crosby), and he became the first Ranger to tally 10 or more goals in one calendar month since Rick Nash in January of 2014. Kreider has recorded eight points (six goals, two assists) in the last five games, and he leads the Rangers in goals this season (15).



Ryan McDonagh leads the Rangers in assists this season (23), and he also leads team defensemen in points (25) in 2016-17. He has tallied an assist/point in four of the last five games, registering seven points (one goal, six assists) over the span. In addition, the Rangers captain has registered 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in his last 12 contests. The Rangers have posted a 27-4-3 record in the last 34 games which he has logged at least 25:00 of ice time, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014.



Derek Stepan leads the Rangers in points this season (30; nine goals, 21 assists). He has recorded 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in the last 22 games, including 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in the last 16 contests and nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last seven games. Stepan is the fourth Ranger in franchise history to tally 20 or more assists in each of his first seven NHL seasons (playing all seven seasons with the Rangers), along with Ron Greschner, Brad Park, and Steve Vickers.



Mats Zuccarello registered a six-game assist/point streak from Dec. 18 to Dec. 31 (nine assists over the span), and his six-game assist streak was a career-high. Zuccarello has registered 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in the last 15 games, and he leads the Rangers in even strength assists (17) and even strength points (23) in 2016-17.



Nick Holden leads Rangers defensemen in goals this season (eight). He has tallied nine points (five goals, four assists) in the last 12 games, including five points (four goals, one assist) in the last four contests.



The Rangers are the only NHL team that has a 22.0% power play efficiency and an 83.0% penalty kill efficiency or better in 2016-17.


Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-1 (2:00) tonight vs. Buffalo.
  • New York has tallied a PPG in three of the last four games (7-for-17; 41.2%) and has recorded six PPG over the last three games (6-for-13; 46.2%).
  • The Blueshirts rank fourth in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (22.9%; 28-for-122).


Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 4-for-5 (8:52) tonight vs. Buffalo.
  • The Blueshirts rank ninth in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (83.9%; 94-for-112).
  • The Rangers have not allowed a PPG against in eight of the last 13 games and in 19 of the last 29 games.
  • New York is tied for second in the NHL in SHG in 2016-17 (five).



  • Kevin Hayes – 2 games away from 200 in his NHL career
  • Ryan McDonagh – 5 points away from 200 in his NHL career


INJURIES (97 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Pavel Buchnevich (back) – has missed 25 games
  • Mika Zibanejad (broken fibula) – has missed 21 games
  • Rick Nash (groin) – has missed six games
  • Matt Puempel (concussion symptoms) – has missed one game



  • Jan. 2 – Recalled Nicklas Jensen from Hartford (AHL)
  • Dec. 28 – Assigned Brandon Halverson to Hartford (AHL)



  • Jan. 4, 1940 – The Rangers extended their winning streak to seven games and their unbeaten streak to 16 games with a 6-2 victory against the New York Americans.
  • Jan. 4, 1947 – Chuck Rayner stopped all 45 shots he faced to earn a win/shutout as the Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-0.
  • Jan. 4, 1956 – The Rangers rallied from a 3-0 deficit after the second period and registered five goals in the third period to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 5-4, at MSG.
  • Jan. 4, 1984 – Reijo Ruotsalainen tallied two goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, as the Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, at MSG.
  • Jan. 4, 1997 – Wayne Gretzky tied a franchise record for assists in one period, tallying four in the second period of a 6-4 Rangers win over the Ottawa Senators at MSG.

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