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Get your game notes: Rangers at Flyers

Apr 25, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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

• The Rangers, who earned a franchise-record 25 road wins during the regular season, enter tonight’s Game 4 looking to make it back-to-back wins in Philadelphia following Tuesday’s 4-1 win. The Rangers-Flyers is the only series of playoffs’ first round that has yet to produce a one-goal game, thanks in part to Wayne Simmonds’ empty-net goal that sealed the Flyers’ 4-2 win in Game 2.

• Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who has stopped 66 of 71 shots this series (.930 save percentage), has 32 career victories in the playoffs; only three goaltenders in the 2014 postseason have more – Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury (47), San Jose’s Antti Niemi (35) and Colorado backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere (33). His counterpart, Flyers goalie Steve Mason, will be looking for his first career playoff win. Mason will get his first start since suffering an upper-body injury in a collision with Pittsburgh’s Jayson Megna on April 12. Mason finished Game 3 in relief of Ray Emery, stopping all three shots in 7:15.

Claude Giroux, the Flyers’ leading scorer during the regular season (28-58=86 points, third in NHL), has gone without a goal in his last 13 games vs. the Rangers (10 regular season, three postseason). During that span, he has 12 assists (two in this series) and 18 shots on goal (two in this series). The Flyers are 5-8 in those games (1-2 in this series).

• Flyers winger Scott Hartnell, fresh off his seventh career 20-goal season and fifth as a Flyer, has yet to score in the playoffs and has not scored since March 28, a span of 12 games (nine regular-season, three playoffs). It is the longest Hartnell has gone without scoring since a 21-game stretch spanning the 2009-10 regular season and playoffs (12 reg. season, nine playoffs). This season, the Flyers were 15-1-2 when Hartnell scored a goal.

• Philadelphia has been held to a single goal in two of this series’ first three games. The last time the Flyers scored fewer than two goals three times in a single playoff series was in 2004, when they lost to Tampa Bay in seven games in the Eastern Conference final (13 series ago).

• Rangers winger Martin St. Louis has points (2-3=5) in all three games of the series. The 38-year-old St. Louis, who had one goal and seven assists in 19 regular-season games after being acquired from Tampa Bay in exchange for Ryan Callahan, has produced his first three multi-point games as a Ranger in his last five games (two regular season, three postseason.

• After scoring only one goal on 42 shots on goal during the 2013 playoffs, Rangers winger Rick Nash has gone goalless in his first 18 shots this postseason. Nash is one of four 25-goal scorers in the 2013-14 regular season with 18 or more shots on goal this postseason, but no goals. Marian Hossa (21), Zach Parise (19) and Patrick Sharp (18) are the others. His postseason goal drought stands at 15 games.

  1. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    People look way too much into this…..What’s he supposed to say?

    • missthemexpos - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Good point, saying we will get our butts kicked sure doesn’t inspire much confidence.

      • killerpgh - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Don’t tell Daniel Alfredsson that.

        http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/22/sens-alfredsson-we-probably-wont-win-this-series/

    • ibieiniid - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      can I ask what you’re referring to? I wasn’t quite sure.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        oh, the Giroux prediction maybe?

      • ibieiniid - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        …based on the thumbs, I feel like my page isn’t displaying correctly. was this comment posted on the Flyers/Rangers game notes? I still don’t know the answer to the question I asked, despite all the very helpful thumbs down.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Sorry buddy, didn’t see your reply. This was on the lead of thread.

        “Claude Giroux all but guaranteed a Philly win tonight.”

      • ibieiniid - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        ohhhhh I see now. I normally navigate PHT with the scroll bar at the top, so I rarely see those sub-headlines unless it’s the first time I open PHT that day.

        thanks though.

      • 7mantel - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        you got 2 thumbs down just for stating that you got thumbs down ! how funny is that !

      • ibieiniid - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        never ceases to amaze me how you’ll get thumbed down for politely asking a question. the internet, eh? what a revolution.

  2. kastout11 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    I think the Flyers will prevail in this one, provided the Rangers do not block 20 shots again. The Flyers outplayed the Rangers in the last contest. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I am pretty sure they outshot them by 10, plus had about 20 blocked. They just need to keep getting the puck on net and make Lundqvist make the saves. Mason will help in getting the puck out of their zone. He moves the puck to his defensemen or out of the zone a lot better than Emery.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      idk if I’d necessarily call outshooting them “outplaying them” in that last game. if a team can keep shots coming from only the outside rather than inside and block that many, I usually consider their defense to have outplayed the opposing offense.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        ibien, exactly, the rangers just didn’t have more shots than the Flyers. The Rangers defense outplayed them last game by forcing them into bad low profile shots.

    • jkay1818 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      shots can be misleading, just because they had more shots on net doesn’t mean they outplayed them. I don’t think lundqvist had to make any tough stops. In fact Emery made some better stops eg: the save against stepan where he robbed him of a goal.

      You lose by 1 or 2 (with an empty net) the losing team can most definitely out play a team, you lose 4-1 where your lone goal came late in the period on a 4-4 then you lost the game, period.

      This isn’t the rangers of past where tortorella had guys lying down in front of shooters and the tempo isn’t high. The rangers are the much faster team and have generated the rush pretty well. The flyers took a lot of bad shots and from bad angles. Not to mention, the flyers had a ton of PP opportunities hence the high amount of blocked shots.

  3. toiletclown - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Keep up the pressure Rangers, knock these tools out ASAP

    • 7mantel - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Don’t cheer on the NYR’s they don’t need the bad karma you’ll bring down on them !

      • stepanup - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        You have no idea how conflicted I was seeing arguably the biggest tool on the site be on my side of the fence.

      • 7mantel - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        and not the sharpest !

      • ibieiniid - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        lol is that really arguable?

      • 7mantel - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        true !

    • laxman1944 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      FLUSH

    • theref55 - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      A$$clown needs to worry about his PENGIRLS right now – tied with a team that never won a playoff game before this series. Maybe Cindy and VaGina might realize the playoffs started last week. “The Flower” should only be used for HOF Guy Lefleur and not this goalie fraud who has a bigger 5 hole than any Pittsburgh hooker. Noticed how MAF started is playoff funk when losing to the Flyers a couple of years ago. Nothing changed after 2012. Still sucks. Flyers made him damaged goods. FLUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • ibieiniid - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Aside from the fact that I think Fleury’s troubles started well before that series, that post was awesome.

  4. nebbah306 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Pouliot, please get your head out of your a55

    • ibieiniid - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      has that been the story all year or was it just coincidence that every game I’ve seen him play this season hasn’t been that great?

      • 7mantel - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        I’ve actually liked what he brought this year, some grit and scoring .

      • moarjam - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        He was terrible in the beginning of the year but really turned it on around Christmas time so much so that I would be really surprised if he wasn’t retained next year. He rounds out the top 9 very well so that boyle or dom moore don’t have to play out of place on the 3rd line.

        But yeah he was baaaad last game.

  5. everyonesuksbutme - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    This series is going seven games…..

  6. bleedrangerblue - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Let’s go Rangers!! Give Ranger nation another solid road game!!! Beat those Bums..

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