|53||NY RANGERS||+105||Ov 5.5,+125||-110||Ov 5.5,+125|
|54||PHILADELPHIA||-125||Un 5.5,-145||-110||Un 5.5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0-1-0||-1||0-1||-1||0-1||1.0||21.0||3.0||34.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-2-0||-1.2||1-2||-1.2||2-1||2.7||29.3||4.0||34.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||8||3||2||2||1||0||88||9.1%||14||1||7.1%||12|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||21||4.8%||5||0||0.0%||2|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||8||3||2||2||1||0||88||9.1%||14||1||7.1%||12|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||1||3||1||0||2||0||0||34||8.8%||4||1||25.0%||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||12||4||4||4||0||1||102||11.8%||17||3||17.6%||18|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||3||1||1||1||0||0||34||8.8%||7||0||0.0%||4|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||4||4||4||0||1||102||11.8%||17||3||17.6%||18|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||6||3||1||2||0||1||39||15.4%||5||2||40.0%||9|
|MARTIN BIRON (All Games)||1||1||20||19||95.0%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MARTIN BIRON (vs. Division)||1||1||20||19||95.0%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)||1||1||20||19||95.0%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)||3||2||81||71||87.7%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)||1||1||34||31||91.2%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (vs. Division)||1||0||18||14||77.8%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)||3||2||81||71||87.7%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||0-1-0||-1||0-1||-1||0-1||1.0||27.0||3.0||27.0|
|Last 5 Games||0-3-0||-3.1||0-3||-3.1||1-2||1.0||26.7||3.7||31.3|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||3||0||3||0||0||0||80||3.7%||15||1||6.7%||6|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||27||3.7%||5||0||0.0%||2|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||3||0||3||0||0||0||80||3.7%||15||1||6.7%||6|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||2||1||0||1||0||0||0||51||2.0%||11||0||0.0%||2|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||11||5||2||4||0||2||94||11.7%||16||6||37.5%||17|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||3||2||0||1||0||1||27||11.1%||3||2||66.7%||4|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||5||2||4||0||2||94||11.7%||16||6||37.5%||17|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||6||4||1||1||0||1||53||11.3%||10||3||30.0%||8|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (All Games)||3||3||92||83||90.2%||1||0-3||-3.1||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (Home Games)||1||1||26||24||92.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (vs. Division)||2||2||52||47||90.4%||1||0-2||-2.1||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (Last 4 Games)||3||3||92||83||90.2%||1||0-3||-3.1||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.61, PHILADELPHIA 3.95|
|1/19/2013||at BOSTON||1-3||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-6||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||BOSTON||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|1/24/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|2/2/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|1/19/2013||PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, +105||L||6 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||at BUFFALO||2-5||L||0, +120||L||5.5 ev||O|
|1/22/2013||at NEW JERSEY||0-3||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|1/26/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|1/27/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|1/29/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|2/1/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|NY RANGERS: |
LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.
COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.
LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.
LAST SEASON:47-26-9,103 points. Lost to New Jersey Devils 4-1 in second round.
COACH: Peter Laviolette, 4th season with Flyers, 122-73-26; 11th season overall, 366-257-25-60 in NHL.
ADDED: D Luke Schenn, LW Ruslan Fedotenko, D Bruno Gervais.
LOST: RW Jaromir Jagr, G Sergei Bobrovsky, RW James van Riemsdyk, D Matt Carle, D Pavel Kubina
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov made few fans in his first season in Philadelphia with his quirky personality and erratic play. He had his moments of proving he was worth the $51 million, nine-year deal he signed, but he'll need more of them in the playoffs to win a Stanley Cup.
OUTLOOK: The Flyers have one of the best players in the game in team captain Claude Giroux, but the thin defense needs improvement and Bryzgalov has to improve if Philadelphia is going win its first Stanley Cup since 1975.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY RANGERS-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Flyers Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
New York (0-2-0) at Philadelphia (0-3-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Off to their worst start in 17 seasons, the Philadelphia Flyers are eager to turn things around.
Doing so, however, could prove difficult with Scott Hartnell out indefinitely.
In their first game since losing Hartnell to a left foot injury, the Flyers try to pick up their first points Thursday night against a New York Rangers team that's had their number of late.
After getting outscored 8-3 in losses to Pittsburgh and Buffalo, Philadelphia's woes continued Tuesday in a 3-0 loss at New Jersey. The Flyers, who were held scoreless on six power-play opportunities, dropped to 0-3-0 for the first time since 1994-95.
"It's not time to panic, but we have to tighten the screws," Ilya Bryzgalov said after stopping 23 of 26 shots. "After the bad start we can't keep losing games anymore because you will never get out from the bottom of the standings because you don't have enough games.
"That's why we have to be with the attitude that it's the playoffs."
Already without forward Danny Briere due to a broken left wrist, things aren't about to get any easier for Peter Laviolette's club with Hartnell sidelined. The rugged left wing led Philadelphia with a career-high 37 goals last season.
"We will know more on this within a day or two as we await results of tests," general manager Paul Holmgren told the league's official website.
Forward Brayden Schenn will also miss Thursday's matchup after receiving a one-game suspension for charging Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. That doesn't bode well for a Flyers team that's been outscored 33-13 during an 0-7-1 skid against New York, dropping all six meetings last season in regulation.
"They got the best of us for sure last year, and certainly we'd like to fix that," said Laviolette, whose team is 1 for 15 on the man advantage this season. "We need to get back on track, whether it's the Rangers, the Devils or the Penguins or the Bruins, it doesn't matter. We need to prepare to win a hockey game (Thursday).
"I don't think necessarily that a record from last year holds weight either way, we'll have to show up and play a hard-fought game. They're a tough team, period. We'll have to make sure that we're prepared."
While the Rangers (1-2-0) also got off to a rough start, they regrouped to beat Boston 4-3 in overtime Wednesday. Marian Gaborik, skating alongside fellow stars Rick Nash and Brad Richards, gave New York an early 2-0 lead, then scored the winner 27 seconds into the extra period for his 14th career hat trick.
"Your best players need to be your best players," coach John Tortorella said of his top line. "They had some dips, as our team did throughout the game, but Gabby came through big."
It was hardly all smooth sailing, though, for New York, which blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2. The Rangers are just 1 for 14 on the power play after Wednesday's 0-for-5 effort.
"We're still a pretty sloppy hockey team, and I think it's going to be that way for a bit," Tortorella said.
Henrik Lundqvist, who made 26 saves Wednesday, has posted a 1.61 goals-against average and two shutouts while starting each game during New York's winning streak in this series. Backup Martin Biron, meanwhile, is 1-4-0 with a 3.44 GAA in his last five matchups against the Flyers.
Bryzgalov, who's compiled a 3.04 GAA thus far, has gone 0-5-0 with a 4.59 mark against the Rangers since the start of 2008-09.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 5:36:12 PM EST|