|NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 46-26-6 (98 pts)
Flyers: 37-32-8 (82 pts)*
* The Flyers face the New Jersey Devils tonight in Philadelphia prior to playing against the Rangers tomorrow
** See the attached document for additional information on all Rangers players
The Rangers play their 79th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Apr. 2, against the Philadelphia Flyers in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in six of the last eight games, seven of the last 10 games, and nine of the last 13 contests. The Rangers have posted a 46-26-6 record this season.
Prior to tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will have a morning skate at 10:30 a.m. at MSG Training Center (Knicks are playing at Madison Square Garden in the afternoon). Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault will hold his media availability session at MSG Training Center following the morning skate.
*Schedule and availability subject to change
RANGERS VS. FLYERS
· The Blueshirts have registered a 21-7-1 record in their last 29 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.
· Michael Grabner and Andrew MacDonald were teammates with the Islanders for parts of four seasons (2010-11 – 2013-14).
· Flyers Assistant Coach Ian Laperriere skated in 28 games with the Rangers during the 1995-96 season.
· Derek Stepan – 32 GP, 9-20-29 – Stepan has registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his last 11 games against the Flyers, as well as 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in his last 23 contests against Philadelphia.
· Rick Nash – 24 GP – 9-9-18 – As a member of the Rangers, Nash has registered 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 17 games against Philadelphia.
· Chris Kreider – 15 GP, 6-4-10 – Kreider has tallied a point in nine of 15 career games against Philadelphia.
CLINCHING A BERTH
The Rangers clinched a berth in the 2017 NHL Playoffs by earning a point on Mar. 28 at San Jose. The Blueshirts have earned a playoff berth in seven consecutive seasons (since 2010-11) and in 11 of 12 seasons since 2005-06. The Rangers are one of three NHL teams that have made the playoffs in every season since 2010-11 (along with Chicago and Pittsburgh). The Rangers are one of four NHL teams that have made the playoffs 11 times in 12 seasons since 2005-06, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Blueshirts are the only NHL team that has not been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs prior to the start of a regular season game at any point over the last 12 seasons (since 2005-06; 946 regular season games).
The Rangers have four regular season games remaining in the 2016-17 season. The Blueshirts’ final four regular season games this season include two home games and two road games, and three of the four games (including both home games) are against Metropolitan Division opponents.
Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 38-10-4 record in the game following a loss (regulation or overtime/shootout). New York has posted a 21-6-4 record in games following a loss in 2016-17.
The Rangers’ 46 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the eighth-most in one season in franchise history (New York also earned 46 wins last season). The Blueshirts rank fifth in the NHL in wins this season. In addition, the Rangers are tied for fourth in the NHL – and are tied for first in the Eastern Conference – in wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (190). The Rangers’ 190 wins since 2013-14 are the most in any four-season span in franchise history.
The Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in each of the last four games and in nine of the last 12 contests. The Rangers rank third in the NHL in goals per game in 2016-17 (3.14), trailing only Pittsburgh and Washington.
Rangers defensemen have recorded 49 points (14 goals, 35 assists) in 24 games since Feb. 11, and a Rangers defenseman has tallied a goal in 12 of the 24 contests over the span.
Alain Vigneault enters the contest with 612 career wins as an NHL head coach, and he is one win away from tying Jacques Martin for 14th place on the league’s all-time wins list among head coaches. Vigneault is one of three head coaches in Rangers history who have guided the team to the playoffs in at least four consecutive seasons (along with Lester Patrick and Emile Francis).
Henrik Lundqvist earned his 30th win of the 2016-17 season and his 404th career NHL win on Mar. 7 at Florida. He is the first goaltender in NHL history who has earned at least 30 wins in 11 of his first 12 seasons, and he is only the third goaltender in NHL history who has registered 30 or more wins in at least 11 different seasons (Brodeur – 14; Roy – 13). By earning his 404th career NHL win, Lundqvist passed Brodeur for the most wins by a goaltender in his first 12 seasons in NHL history.
SKJEI HEY KID
Brady Skjei has recorded 38 points this season, and his 38 points are the most a Rangers rookie defenseman has tallied since Brian Leetch in 1988-89. He is one of three NHL defensemen who have recorded at least 30 even strength points in their rookie season over the last 23 seasons (since 1993-94), along with John Carlson and Tyler Myers. Over the last 20 seasons (since 1996-97), Skjei is one of three Rangers defensemen who have tallied at least 30 even strength points in a season, along with Brian Leetch (1996-97 and 2000-01) and Ryan McDonagh (2011-12).
Rick Nash is one of two NHL players who have registered at least 20 goals in 12 different seasons since 2003-04 (Alex Ovechkin). He has recorded a goal/point in five of the last six games, and he is tied for the team lead in games with a goal this season (23).
Chris Kreider has established career-highs in goals (27) and points (51) this season, and he is tied for the team lead in goals and games with a goal (23) in 2016-17. He also leads the Rangers in goals (16) and points (31) at home this season.
IT’S MILLER TIME
J.T. Miller has posted a multi-point game in each of the last two contests (two goals, two assists). He has recorded 28 points in 39 games both at home and on the road this season (10 goals, 18 assists at home; 12 goals, 16 assists on the road).
Mika Zibanejad has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) over the last five games, and he has posted a multi-point game in two of the last four contests. Zibanejad has won at least 50.0% of faceoffs he has taken in each of the last nine games (59.4%; 95-for-160 over the span).
Derek Stepan has recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) over the last 11 games, including four points (three goals, one assist) in the last five contests. He leads the Rangers – and has established a career-high – in shots on goal this season (201). Stepan is one of seven NHL centers who have recorded at least 50 points and a plus-17 rating this season (McDavid, Crosby, Malkin, Granlund, Kuznetsov, and Koivu).
Mats Zuccarello leads the Rangers in assists (41) and even strength assists (33) this season, and he is the first Ranger who has registered at least 33 even strength assists in one season since Michael Nylander in 2006-07. In addition, Zuccarello’s 41 assists this season are a career-high. He has tallied a point in eight of the last 10 games (three goals, seven assists).
Nick Holden enters tomorrow’s contest with 299 career games played in the NHL. He has established career-highs in goals (11), assists (23), and points (34) in 2016-17.
INJURIES (188 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY
· Apr. 1, 1994 – Mike Richter earned his 38th win of the 1993-94 season, breaking Ed Giacomin’s single-season franchise wins record, as the Rangers defeated the Dallas Stars, 3-0.
· Apr. 2, 1927 – The Rangers played their first playoff game in franchise history, which was a 0-0 tie against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of a two-game, total-goals Semifinals series.
· Apr. 2, 1972 – Vic Hadfield registered two goals in the final game of the 1971-72 season to reach the 50-goal plateau, and he became the first player in franchise history to tally 50 goals in a season.