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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 28-16-4, and fifth in the Eastern Conference with 60 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Ducks, 4-2, on Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden, and have earned a point in five of their last six games (4-1-1). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will travel to Pittsburgh to face-off against the Penguins tomorrow, January 28, at Mellon Arena (7:30 p.m.), in the second-game of their back-to-back set. The Hurricanes, 23-20-5, currently rank eighth in the Eastern Conference standings with 51 points, and have won their last two games.

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Tune In Tonight!
Today's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 205.

Rangers vs. Hurricanes Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are 15-8-2 at home this season; The Hurricanes have posted a 11-10-4 record in 25 road contests.

* The Rangers are 8-3-1 against the Southeast Division this season; The Hurricanes have posted a 4-3-3 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* The Blueshirts have tallied four goals in 18 power play opportunities (22.2%) in their last four games vs. the Hurricanes.

* New York has held the Hurricanes scoreless on the power play in seven of their last nine meetings for a success rate of 95.3% (41-of-43).

* The Rangers are 6-1-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets this season, including a 3-0-0 mark at home.

* New York has won nine of the last 13 meetings with Carolina at MSG, posting a 9-2-1-1 record during the stretch.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 6-4-0 record, along with a 2.17 goals against average and one shutout in 10 career regular season appearances vs. Carolina; In one game this season, Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 1.85 goals against average.

* In the season series, Blair Betts and Markus Naslund are tied for the team lead with one goal apiece, while Scott Gomez, Paul Mara, Fredrik Sjostrom, and Nikolai Zherdev have each collected one assist in one game vs. Carolina.

* Gomez has registered 24 points (two goals and 22 assists) in 29 career games vs. the Hurricanes; Wade Redden has notched 19 points (three goals and 16 assists) in 47 career games vs. Carolina; Naslund has recorded 18 points (eight goals and 10 assists) in 25 career contests vs. the Hurricanes.

* Gomez has recorded 12 points (one goal and 11 assists) in his last 10 regular season contests vs. Carolina.

* The Rangers are 7-0-0 when Brandon Dubinsky tallies a goal, and 17-6-1 when Zherdev records at least one point.

* Artem Anisimov, the Rangers' second round selection (54th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, represented the organization in the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic as a member of the PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars last night at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Anisimov scored a goal and added two assists in PlanetUSA's 14-11 victory over the Canadian team.

* New York lists no former Hurricanes on their roster.

* Carolina's roster lists one former Ranger; Matt Cullen (2006-07).

All Time – Rangers vs. Hurricanes
Overall: 50-43-7-1
At MSG: 32-15-4-1
At Carolina: 18-28-3-0

2008-09 - Rangers vs. Hurricanes
Dec. 13 Rangers 3, Hurricanes 2 (SO) at MSG
Jan. 27 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at MSG
March 9 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at Carolina
April 2 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at Carolina

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule

Jan. 27 Rangers vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Jan. 28 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Rangers at Boston, 1 p.m.
Feb. 3 Rangers vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m. (Adam Graves Night)
Feb. 6 Rangers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 4-1-0
Last 10 NYR games: 6-3-1

Injuries

* None

* The Rangers have lost 10 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford

Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack (23-18-2-3, 51 pts.) headed into the AHL All-Star break on a high note, with a 4-1 home win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Pittsburgh affiliate) on Saturday night.  That victory stopped a two-game home-ice losing streak for the Pack, and moved them into a tie with Portland (Anaheim affiliate) for second place in the Atlantic Division, two points behind first-place Providence (Boston affiliate).  Ken Gernander’s team has at least a standings point in seven of its last 10 games (6-3-1-0) and is 13-7-1-1 in its last 22.  Following the All-Star break, the Wolf Pack return to action Friday (7:00) at home vs. Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate), before visiting Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate) on Saturday (7:00).

For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
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