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Get your game notes: Flyers at Rangers

Apr 17, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

Jakub Voracek, Henrik Lundqvist AP

Tonight on CNBC, it’s the New York Rangers hosting the Philadelphia Flyers starting at 7 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Flyers and Rangers face off tonight in their first playoff meeting since the 1997 Eastern Conference Final, which Philadelphia won in five games before being swept by Detroit for the Stanley Cup. The Flyers hold a 27-20 edge in games and 6-4 lead in series; the Rangers’ last series victory over Philadelphia came in the 1986 Patrick Division semifinals (they are 0-3 since).

• This series features two teams that qualified for the playoffs after dreadful starts to the season. The Flyers went through an in-season coaching change, installing Craig Berube to replace Peter Laviolette after the team lost its first three games of the season. The Rangers, in their first year under coach Alain Vigneault, played their season’s first nine games on the road while Madison Square Garden completed a three-year renovation project.

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• Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who signed a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension in December, experienced a rough first half of the 2013-14 season (through Jan. 6), but picked it up substantially in the second half (Jan. 8 until the end of the season).

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• Lundqvist, who surpassed Mike Richter as the Rangers’ all-time leader in regular-season wins on Mar. 18, has not yet matched the career postseason prowess of Richter, who backstopped the Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup.

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• Flyers captain Claude Giroux went the first 15 games this season without scoring a goal (he had seven assists during that span). Giroux then scored 28 goals in his next 67 games and finished with 86 points (28-58=86), third in the league. In four postseasons with the Flyers, Giroux has 55 points (21-34=55), 11th on the franchise’s all-time list; three more points and he’ll pass Eric Lindros (24-33=57) for 10th.

• Rangers winger Rick Nash has led his team in goals in each of his two seasons in New York, since arriving in a trade from Columbus on July 23, 2012. Of Nash’s team-leading 21 goals in 44 games in 2012-13, 13 were scored in the third period; in 2013-14, Nash scored only seven of his 26 goals (65 games) in the third.

• Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds set career highs this season with 29 goals and 60 points. Since arriving in Philadelphia with Brayden Schenn in the June 23, 2011 trade that sent Mike Richards (then the Flyers’ captain) to Los Angeles, Simmonds has scored a team-best 72 goals for the Flyers – 32 of them on the power play.

  1. toiletclown - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    http://www.nhlpens.com/the-shhhh-of-death/

    • orangandblack - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Absolutely irrelevant to anything happening tonight or in THIS series. But you keep holding on to that memory. Whatever makes you happy little buddy.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        he routinely passes over the 2012 series to talk about the 2009 series.

    • coopjr - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv171/Lergash/040112_Hartnell-Hogan.jpg

    • hockey412 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      You were an embarrassment to Pens fans when you started this little campaign of yours, clown (pretty sure that was your shtick anyway)…but at this point I’m pretty sure very few people even get riled up and just skim right past.

      However for those that don’t, I apologize for this worthless jag.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        I find it kinda fun to berate his useless existence, call me a sucker.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        As long as I see clown……..I will FLUSH the toilet

      • toiletclown - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        I apologize for a loser like you that is constantly on this website night and day. Get a girlfriend junior

      • JoeAvg - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        Why bother giving him the attention? Also consider, it’s a good possibility he’s a Pen’s hater trying to make their fans look bad. Either way, he’s not worth anybody’s time.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Morning “Toilet”….hope all is well….well it’s about that time

      FLUSH

      • ibieiniid - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        lol please tell me you don’t live on the east coast and didn’t just say good morning at 1PM.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Sorry……dragging a bit today….Yes East coast

  2. toiletclown - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Lets go Rangers!!

    • laxman1944 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Lets go……..FLUSH

  3. chrisk61 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    king hank is overrated. remember that 2010 shootout loss that cost nyr a playoff berth ? and if he was as good as advertised, nyr would have beat njd in 2012 and made scf.

    bottom line to this series is who will win the matchup betwee nyr defense and flyers forwards. not so much goaltending. if giroux, simmonds, voracek, read and hartnell produce, flyers advance.

    • hockey412 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      what if they produce, but the NYR produce more? Do the Flyers still advance?

      • laxman1944 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        I’d be suprised if The Flyer advances, they have not done a thing in MSG since winning the final game in a shoot out to get into the playoffs a few years back.

        If The Blueshirts score the firest goal………oy vey

    • arrow43050 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      So if each of 5 forwards all have a high scoring playoff round then their team will advance? You, my sir, are a singularly genius hockey mind. If Martin St. Louis, Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan all produce a lot of points, then I will similarly predict the Rangers will win the series. I will make the further prediction that whichever team scores more goals will win each game and that whichever team gets to 4 wins first will win the series.

    • xdj511 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      A Flyers fan should be downplaying the goaltending matchup since you’ll be going with your backup Emery for the first two games at least. Flyers fans had better hope goaltending doesn’t become a factor.

      You’re placing the blame for the 2010 season on Hank? It came down to a shootout on the last game of the season. Winner makes the playoffs. Rangers need a goal to keep the shootout going. Leading goal scorer Gaborik on the bench, but waah he doesn’t like shootouts. The season instead falls on… Olli Jokinen. I still have nightmares.

      Likewise 2012, you’re trying to place the blame squarely on Hank’s shoulders. While the “hot goalie” can lift a team and carry them through the playoffs, it was far from his fault that the Devils beat them in that series.

      A bigger key to this series is going to be McDonagh. If his shoulder is 100% the Rangers have 3 top shelf shutdown defenseman and it will be more than enough to shut down the Flyers offense.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        if I remember correctly, Lundqvist was in net for the win the day before as well. The Flyers had to win one of 2 games against the Rangers to keep that playoff spot, and Henrik ALMOST stole it from them.

        but I could be wrong on him playing the first game (a Saturday afternoon, I believe). my memory could be a bit hazy. I watched it shortly after attending a heavy-drinking block party that turned into this:

        good times.

    • joey4id - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Overrated? Really! In 9 seasons with NY he’s played 574 games, won 309, loss 195, with a GAA of 2.25 and sav% of .920. Are these types of numbers usually associated with a goalie that’s overrated?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        How many SCF finals has he been to?

      • joey4id - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        Now there is an argument we can have but the parameters of the argument would go beyond his play. Ex: how many SCF have the rangers been to under torts or since lundqvist has been playing for NY. One could ask the same of many other goalies. Like Ovi the book isn’t closed on SCF for Lundqvist, but I agree he needs to get there to solidify his worth.

  4. nunan - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Looking forward to this series. Should be incredibly exciting.

  5. jkay1818 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Chris, you’re absolutely right. goaltending won’t dictate anything, especially in the playoffs. zzzz

    you’re only relying on 5 forwards to produce in a 7 game series.

  6. ufostomper - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    I personally think if people read his name they will just skip his comment

  7. 7mantel - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Take the season stats and throw them away ,the second season starts tonight !

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