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W2W4: Rangers @ Flyers

October, 24, 2013
At a glance: The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers meet in Philly for a divisional clash between two teams desperate to turn their seasons around. While the Rangers have stumbled to a 2-5-0 record to start the season, the Flyers are in arguably worse shape. Not only was Peter Laviolette fired after just three games, but the team hasn’t been much better under new coach Craig Berube. Philadelphia has managed only one win since Berube took over; their 1-7-0 record is dead-last in the league.

Missing royalty: The big news for the Rangers is who will be in between the pipes. Henrik Lundqvist will miss Thursday’s game with an undisclosed injury that has been hampering him the last 10 days, clearing the way for 26-year-old Cam Talbot to get his first NHL start. Lundqvist, who missed the last three days of Rangers practice, will not be available to make up, either. The Rangers are expected to recall Jason Missiaen to back up Talbot, who had a strong training camp and went 4-0-1 with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), posting a 2.49 goals against average and .924 save percentage.

Opportunity for Kreider: Sent down to the minors after an “average” training camp, 22-year-old offensive prospect Chris Kreider has been summoned in wake of some costly injuries (Ryan Callahan, Rick Nash, Carl Hagelin) to the team. It appears he will get the opportunity to play top-six minutes as well. Kreider skated in practice this week with first-line center Derek Stepan and veteran Brad Richards.

Lineup changes: Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who missed Saturday’s game against New Jersey as a healthy scratch, is back in the lineup Thursday with depth blue-liner Justin Faulk expected to sit. Also, reports out of Philadelphia indicate that Norwegian winger Mats Zuccarello will be scratched in favor of Brandon Mashinter.

Flyers notes: Similar to the Rangers' long stretch without a game, the Flyers have had an entire week since their last outing -- a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh. Veteran Vinny Lecavalier is due to return from injury and is slated to appear at right wing on the team’s top line with Claude Giroux. Injured forward Scott Hartnell will not play Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Bruins-Rangers series long time in coming

May, 16, 2013
Been A Long Time: The Rangers and Bruins meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1973. From Elias: The 40-year separation between playoff games is the longest gap between postseason games for any pair of teams in NHL history. The previous record was 39 years between the Blackhawks and Flyers (1971-2010), and the Bruins and Maple Leafs (1974-2013).

Eastern Conference Semifinals
Rangers at Bruins, 7:30 ET

* 10th playoff series meeting all-time; 1st since 1973 Quarterfinals (NYR won that series, 4-1)
* Bruins: have won 6 of previous 9 playoff series vs Rangers
* Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): Posted back-to-back shutouts in last 2 games, stopped all 62 shots
* Bruins: Lost 2 of 3 meetings vs Rangers this season (both losses came in OT or shootout), teams haven’t played since February 12
* David Krejci (BOS): Leads league with 13 points this postseason

Most Shutouts in Stanley Cup Playoffs Last 3 Seasons
Jonathan Quick 6<<
Henrik Lundqvist 5
Tim Thomas 5
Roberto Luongo 4
<<2 shutouts in 7 starts this season

Clowe: Rangers at 'top of my list'

April, 4, 2013
Ryane Clowe's Rangers debut went far better than he could've imagined, considering he took a red-eye flight from San Jose and slept just 30 minutes the night before Wednesday's game at Madison Square Garden.

The recently acquired forward, traded to the Rangers from San Jose on Tuesday, tallied two goals and added an assist to propel his new team to a 6-1 drubbing of the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It was a pretty special night, obviously," Clowe said Thursday in a radio interview with ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "It was a pretty crazy 24 hours after being traded. ... That's not exactly how I expected it to go. I couldn't imagine it going so well."

Clowe admitted to feeling some fatigue during the game -- his eyes were getting heavy in the third period -- but he said he had it easier than other guys.

Fellow new additions Derick Brassard and John Moore, acquired from Columbus in a trade on Wednesday, barely had time to say hello to new teammates before stepping onto the ice.

"At least I had a little bit of time. Those other guys who came in right before warm-up. They didn't even have time to shake hands; they had to get dressed," Clowe said.

That didn't seem to hinder any of the three newbies, though. Clowe, Brassard and Moore all scored goals and combined for eight points.

"It was a pretty wild night, but to be able to get thrown together like that and jell together was pretty special," he said.

Clowe said the move from San Jose, where he played since the 2005-06 season, will be a tough one, but that having a no-trade clause made the decision easier. Clowe said he spoke with Sharks general manager Doug Wilson about the possibility of a trade and the direction San Jose was going.

"I tried to do my homework on where I fit in ... and the Rangers were on the top of my list right away," Clowe said. "Once I knew they were interested, I knew I could fit in and help out here."

Clowe said he always viewed the team as one that was hard to play against and didn't give up.

"I looked at them as a team that was on the bubble of making the playoffs, but I didn't look at them like they should be there," he said. "I looked at them as a top team."

As for Rangers coach John Tortorella, Clowe's initial impressions were "fiery" and "intense" -- though his three-point effort protected him from any of that Wednesday night.

"We'll see down the road," Clowe said. "So, so far, so good."'s Scott Burnside and's Katie Strang weigh the pros and cons of the deal that brings Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers.

BURNSIDE: Katie, with all due respect to the newest New York Ranger, Ryane Clowe, has there ever been more attention paid at the trade deadline to a guy who has scored zero goals in a season? On a day that saw Jaromir Jagr become a Boston Bruin and Derek Roy become a Vancouver Canuck, it was still Clowe who seemed to trump all the others with his late-day trade from San Jose to the Rangers. Relatively speaking, the Rangers didn’t give up much -- a second-round pick, a third-round pick and a conditional second-round pick if he signs an extension with the Rangers or if the Rangers win two playoff rounds -- and yet they fended off interest from a host of other teams to nab the rugged Newfoundlander. What gives? Are we making too much of Clowe-mania or is he exactly what the struggling Rangers need to get back on the Stanley Cup arc many believed they would be on when the lockout ended?

STRANG: Given the names of those who have already moved in the days before the deadline, it does seem a bit bizarre that the Clowe sweepstakes has been among the most captivating storylines. But, there is a reason that multiple teams were clamoring for the 30-year-old winger. Granted, Clowe has yet to score a goal this season -- and with the Rangers ranking dead-last in the league with 2.26 goals per game, this trade, on its face, seems even more surprising -- but he is known as the type of player with intangibles that teams covet this time of year. He adds that sandpaper and snarl element to the game and will provide the Rangers with much-needed grit. The Blueshirts gave up a lot to land Rick Nash in a trade last summer, including Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, and lost a few more of their versatile, physical forwards in the offseason when Brandon Prust and Ruslan Fedotenko signed elsewhere as free agents. Those were the type of glue guys who allowed the Rangers to establish and sustain the relentless, hard-nosed mentality that gave them success. This season that has been a glaring deficiency, and let's be honest, their results have reflected that.

BURNSIDE: During the lockout, I got a chance to talk with Clowe when he was working out and helping coach the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL. He had moved back out to San Jose to work out before the start of training camp and then stayed because he loved it there so much. Do you think the transition from Western Conference to Eastern Conference and, more importantly, relatively low-key San Jose to the bright lights, big-city dynamics of Manhattan will be an issue for Clowe? You see the Rangers up close; for a team that has struggled so much offensively, is it possible that Clowe can be the catalyst to return to the black-and-blue style of hockey that served this team so well last season, and maybe take some of the pressure off offensive guys Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, who have struggled so mightily this season? Seems counterintuitive that Clowe could provide that kind of spark, but the whole Ranger season has been more or less counterintuitive.

STRANG: Indeed, I think many people would've questioned my sanity had I predicted back in January that, even after the addition of Nash, the Rangers would be dead last in offense and fighting to hold onto a playoff spot. But that just goes to show you that how things look on paper can be awfully misleading (take one look at the Ottawa Senators' success this season for evidence) and maybe that's a relevant lesson in this acquisition. Clowe has apparently been pretty snakebitten so far this season, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him benefit from a change of scenery and turn out to be a vital player for the team in the postseason. His grittiness and versatility will make him a John Tortorella favorite, I imagine, and perhaps he becomes more than a rental for the Rangers. Though the team would have to do some maneuvering in moving salary out (hint, hint: Marian Gaborik), there will likely be an opportunity to re-sign Clowe if all goes well. I agree with you, Scotty, that Clowe cannot single-handedly change the complexion of the Rangers, but he might be a pretty shrewd complementary piece. The Rangers are still in the market for a right-handed defenseman, too, so perhaps they are not done yet.