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Get your game notes: Rangers at Flyers

Apr 22, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

Brayden Schenn, Ryan McDonagh AP

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the New York Rangers starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Philadelphia’s win Sunday snapped a nine-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden. The Flyers now return to Wells Fargo Center, where they took both games from the Rangers this season and four of their last five dating back to last season. New York last won in Philadelphia March 26, 2013, a 5-2 victory.

— Of the 33 times the Flyers have been tied at 1 in a series, they have won 17 of those series, and lost 16. Game 2 has often been a good indicator of Philadelphia success in the playoffs: when the Flyers win Game 2, they have gone on to win the series 30 of the 37 times, regardless of the Game 1 result. The Rangers have won eight of the last 12 playoff series in which they split the first two games, including five of the last seven playoff series in which they split the first two games at home.

— The Rangers started this season playing their first nine games on the road due to Madison Square Garden‟s renovation project, getting off to a 3-6-0 start. But in their final 32 road contests, the Rangers posted a 22-8-2 record to finish 25-14-2 on the road this season, setting a franchise record for road wins in a season. New York was one of three teams to record at least 25 road wins this season (Colorado, Anaheim) and had the most road wins in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers’ 52 road points this season rank second in franchise history (2011-12 – 53).

— The Flyers overcame an early 2-0 deficit in the first period to win Sunday and are one of six teams this postseason to come back and win after trailing by two goals. During the regular season, the Flyers came back to win after trailing by two goals on eight occasions. It was also the sixth time in the last seven playoff years that the Flyers won a game in such a fashion, tying them with the Bruins for the most over that span. All six of Philadelphia’s two-or-more-goal comeback wins in the playoffs since 2008 have come on the road and prior to Sunday‟s win, the club‟s last playoff victory when trailing by two goals was April 13, 2012 when they overcame a pair of two-goal deficits to win 8-5 against Pittsburgh in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

— Flyers goaltender Ray Emery, who has been filling in for Steve Mason (upper body injury) and who
will start Game 3, started in back-to-back games for the first time this season, earning his 21st career playoff victory and his first in exactly three years since helping Anaheim defeat Nashville April 20, 2011 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, 6-3. After allowing two goals within the first 10 minutes Sunday, Emery did not allow another goal. Mason said Monday, “The way [Emery’s] playing, there’s no hurry. He’s the reason we won yesterday, so, even if I was ready, there’s no reason to take him out right now.”

— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis opened the game’s scoring in the first period, netting his first playoff goal for the Rangers after tallying 33 during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Lightning. His 34 career playoff goals ranks 13th among all active NHL players. St. Louis has 7 points in his last 4 games dating back to the regular season.

  1. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Which Flyers team will show up?

    • xflyersx - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Hammer time team!

    • cantstandstupid - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. First 5 minutes are going to be interesting. Hope the Flyers can stay out of the box tonight.

  2. joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    One thing is for certain, McDonagh is not playing well. He’s one step behind in all the plays he makes. He’s either still working himself into top shape, or he has an undisclosed lower body injury. Rangers need to fore check Flyers d very aggressively (especially Schenn and Coburn), and Flyers need to keep pressing McDonagh. Something is not right with #27.

    • 7mantel - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      I can’t comment on game 2 because I did not see the game but I did not see a problem in game 1 ! Maybe he just had a bad game ,it happens once in awhile !

      • mactruck27 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        False. Mac is a robot created to play defense.

    • maalea - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      I think his shoulder is still a problem, Hartnell slammed it pretty hard into the boards on the Flyers goal, in game 1.

      • 7mantel - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        Yeah ,but he still clocked the most ice time for the NYR defensemen in both games

      • maalea - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        At less than 100%, He still is the Rangers best Dman.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Girardi = Underrated

        -Flyers fan.

  3. youvebeenphaneufed - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    All of your historical statistics mean absolutely nothing. All those past Flyers/Rangers teams have no bearing on this series. I mean, “Of the 33 times the Flyers have been tied at 1 in a series, they have won 17 of those series, and lost 16.” What the hell does that have to do with tonight’s game, or this series? Different players, different coaches, etc. You are pulling an ESPN here, spitting out meaningless statistics for no good reason. At least you aren’t using your meaningless statistics to make predictions…*cough* Stewart Scott *cough*.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      aside from the one you mentioned, they’re all mildly interesting. just take it for what it’s worth (not-that-useful, interesting stats) and leave it alone. pretty much every Get Your Game Notes is like this. I would advise not clicking it next time.

      • youvebeenphaneufed - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Point taken, but I find it hard to believe they can’t find any interesting story lines in this series to talk about besides what the two teams’ historical stats are. The article doesn’t really even start until the fourth paragraph. And you are correct in that pretty much every Get Your Game Notes is like this, which is why I had to finally “rage-comment.” I keep clicking on them optimistically thinking they might find something relevant and interested to discuss.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        I sometimes get the impression that they post them to give us one really good stat, but it would look stupid if they posted that by itself… not that we haven’t seen fluff pieces on PHT before. I just like that they give some stuff that you don’t hear over and over and over leading up to the game. How many times did I have to hear “9 games” before that last one?

  4. therealtrenches - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    When a series is tied 1-1, game three winds up being almost as important as Game 5. Depending on who wins, home-ice advantage is either totally usurped from the higher seed, or the higher seed regains it and re-establishes momentum, making the lower seeds earlier road victory feel like an anomaly.

    There’s a LOT on the line tonight, not just for the flyers, but for the Penguins, too, who are undoubtedly rooting for the boys in Blue.

    • hockey412 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      I’m surprised that this string made it 13 comments until some nitwit brought the Pens into it.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Hey you yourself said you don’t wanna see the Flyers in round 2. Was the comment necessary on this article? No, but it still holds truth.

        You know there’s an unhealthy obsession in the rivalry… something always triggers a Pens comment on a Flyers page, or vice versa.

      • hockey412 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        It is only unhealthy when the good guys lose (and WE BOTH KNOW WHO THAT IS) haha

      • ibieiniid - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        I’m surprised it took 14 for a Pens fan to show up on it.

        (or is joey a pens fan? i can’t figure it out)

  5. kastout11 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    The Flyers need to play with the intensity they played with on Sunday, but not cross the line. They need to stay out of the box. 12-4 PP advantage for NY, Philly will not win the series if they cannot play disciplined and stay out of the box.

  6. stepanup - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Going to be one hell of a game. If the Flyers channel their emotional lift from the crowd in the right way there’s a good chance they come out up 2-1. I’m not convinced their disciplined enough to do that.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      idk. I think it’s time to acknowledge that the Flyers don’t need to be disciplined to win. there wasn’t an era in this entire year where they played disciplined as far as minor penalties go. surely it affects the game, but only rarely does it come back to bite them in a major way. sure, a case can be made for game 1, but they probably weren’t winning that horrific game anyway.

      • stakex - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Once could also argue that, given the Flyers rush to the penalty box all season, they were simply lucky to make the playoffs.

        The idea that they don’t need to be disciplined to win is simply wrong. An undisciplined penalty has already cost them one game in this series, and a slew of bad penalties gave the Rangers a good chance to get back into the last game. If this trend continues, you’ll see just how much it effects their ability to win.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        yeah but that’s what I’m saying. they’ve been taking this amount of penalties all season, if not more. the trend already HAS continued. and while I’d LOVE to see them stop taking foolish penalties, it’s not exactly the end-all be-all of their season. OK, MAYBE they would have had a better record with less penalties, but I’m convinced (from watching every game) that they’ve benefited more this year from the momentum coming off a good PK than they’ve been hurt by bad ones. seriously, it seems like every come-from-behind win was spurred by a momentum-building PK. just my observation.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        ….overuse of hyphens aside.

  7. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    cue the idiot debate over trolling and merits and entitlement of posters … all dictated by one-line wonders with the hockey sense of slugs

    a bunch of women hovering over their morning cups doing what they do best … bi tch bi tch bi tch bi tchy

    wankers all

    • ibieiniid - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      wrong article muckle. we’re already on the brink of that on the next Flyers post.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      oh but no, I don’t usually fight with 412. he’s got a good sense of humor. he’ll just throw jabs back.

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