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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four nights. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 31-24-8, and seventh in the Eastern Conference with 70 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Panthers, 2-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 4-2-2 in their last eight games at MSG. Tonight's game is one of two Rangers games that will be televised live on PIX 11 this season. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will travel to Long Island to face-off against the New York Islanders on Thursday, March 5, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.). The Avalanche, 28-33-1, currently rank 15th in the Western Conference standings with 57 points, and have lost their last three games.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on WPIX (Channel 11). You can also catch the radio broadcast on WMCA (AM 570) and on satellite radio at XM 207.

Rangers vs. Avalanche Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are 18-10-4 at home this season; The Avalanche have posted a11-19-1 record in 31 road contests.

* The Rangers are 0-2-1 against the Northwest Division this season; The Avalanche have posted a 2-2-0 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* The Blueshirts have held opponents scoreless on the power play in six of their last seven games at MSG (24-for-25).

* New York has posted a 4-2-2 record in their last eight games at Madison Square Garden.

* In their last matchup, the Rangers tallied one goal in three power play opportunities for a success rate of 33.3%.

* The last time the Blueshirts defeated the Avalanche at MSG was on November 20, 2001 (5-3).

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 0-0-1 record, along with a 3.93 goals against average in one career regular season appearance vs. Colorado.

* Scott Gomez led the team last year with two assists in one game vs. the Avalanche, while Michal Rozsival and Marc Staal each notched one goal vs. the Avs.

* Markus Naslund has registered 56 points (19 goals and 37 assists) in 76 career games vs. the Avalanche; Gomez has notched 10 points (three goals and seven assists) in 11 career games vs. Colorado; Nikolai Zherdev has recorded seven points (three goals and four assists) in 15 career contests vs. the Avalanche.

* Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 34 games this season, registering a 23-8-3 mark in those games.

* The Rangers have posted a 25-3-2 record when scoring three or more goals in a contest.

* Tomas Kundratek, the Rangers' third-round round selection (90th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has registered three goals and 18 assists for 21 points in 44 games with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season; The rookie defenseman tallied his first career multiple-point game on February 20 at Lethbridge, registering two goals and two assists for four points, and has recorded 10 points (two goals and eight assists) in his last 12 games.

* The Rangers' roster lists one former Avalanche player; Chris Drury (1998-99 to 2001-02).

* The Avalanche roster lists one former Ranger; Ian Laperriere (1995-96).

All Time – Rangers vs. Avalanche

Overall: 32-28-7-4
At MSG: 19-10-4-2
At Colorado: 13-18-3-2

2008-09 - Rangers vs. Avalanche
Feb. 28 Rangers vs. Avalanche at MSG

2007-08 Rangers vs. Avalanche
Dec. 21 Rangers 3, Avalanche 4 (OT) at Denver

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 28 Rangers vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.
March 5 Rangers at Islanders, 7 p.m.
March 8 Rangers vs. Boston, 12:30 p.m.
March 9 Rangers at Carolina, 7 p.m.
March 12 Rangers at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games

Last 5 NYR games: 1-2-2
Last 10 NYR games: 2-5-3

Injuries

* None

* The Rangers have lost 24 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack (32-23-2-3, 69 pts.) extended a season-high winning streak to five games on Friday night, as they defeated the Manchester Monarchs, 2-1 in a shootout, at the XL Center. It was the Pack’s first trip to a shootout since Dec. 13, and its first shootout win since the second game of the season. That was after Ken Gernander’s club thumped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wednesday on the road, 5-1, despite being outshot by a margin of 40-25. The Pack tied a franchise high with two shorthanded goals in that game, and the win upped the club’s road record to two games over the .500 mark, 13-11-2-1. The Wolf Pack have won six of their last seven road contests and are 9-3-1-0 in their last 13 on the road, going into a game tonight (7:00) at Portland (Buffalo affiliate).  After that, the Wolf Pack will return home Wednesday (7:00) for another Atlantic-Division game, hosting Worcester (San Jose affiliate).

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