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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Minnesota Wild

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Minnesota Wild tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their final matchup vs. a Western Conference opponent during the 2008-09 regular season. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 38-27-8, and seventh in the Eastern Conference with 84 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Senators, 2-1, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and have won seven of their last 10 games. The Blueshirts have posted an 8-3-2 record in their last 13 games at MSG. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will travel to Atlanta to face-off against the Thrashers on Thursday, March 26 at Philips Arena (7:00 p.m.). The Wild, 34-30-8, currently rank 10th in the Western Conference standings with 76 points, and have won two of their last three games.

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

Rangers vs. Wild Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are 22-11-4 at home this season; The Wild have posted a 14-19-2 record in 35 road contests.

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

* New York has tallied nine goals in 52 power play opportunites over the last 12 games (17.3%), dating back to February 25 at Toronto.

* The Blueshirts have held opponents scoreless on the power play in nine of their last 12 games at MSG (42-for-45, 93.3%).

* The Rangers have posted an 8-3-2 record in their last 13 games at Madison Square Garden.

* New York is 9-6-2 in 17 games vs. Western Conference opponents this season.

* The Rangers have tallied three power play goals in their last two games vs. the Wild (3-for-10, 30.0%).

* The Blueshirts won their last meeting vs. Minnesota at Madison Square Garden, 3-1, on December 5, 2005.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 1-1-0 record, along with a 3.75 goals against average in two career regular season appearances vs. Minnesota; Steve Valiquette is 0-0-0 with a 0.00 goals against average in one career regular season contest vs. the Wild.

* In one game vs. the Wild last season, Michal Rozsival tied for the team lead with one goal and Brandon Dubinsky and Scott Gomez each tallied one assist.

* Markus Naslund has registered 31 points (15 goals and 16 assists) in 42 career games vs. the Wild; Chris Drury has notched 13 points (six goals and seven assists) in 19 career games vs. Minnesota; Nikolai Zherdev has recorded 11 points (two goals and nine assists) in 15 career contests vs. the Wild.

* Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 39 contests this season.

* Ryan Callahan enters tonight's contest riding a career-high, six-game scoring streak, registering eight points (four goals and four assists) over the span.

* Evgeny Grachev, the Rangers' third round round selection (75th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has registered three goals and four assists for seven points in two playoff games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in their first round matchup vs. Peterborough; the OHL rookie, who finished the regular season with 80 points (40 goals and 40 assists) in 60 games, is currently tied for third in the league in playoff scoring with seven points.

* The Rangers have one former Wild player on their roster; Aaron Voros (2007-08).

* Minnesota's roster lists two former Rangers; Dan Fritsche (2008-09) and Kim Johnsson (1999-00 to 2000-01).

All Time – Rangers vs. Wild
Overall: 6-3-0-0
At MSG: 3-1-0-0
At Minnesota: 3-2-0-0

2008-09 - Rangers vs. Wild
March 24 Rangers vs. Wild at MSG

2007-08 - Rangers vs. Wild
Dec. 20 Rangers 3, Wild 6 at Minnesota

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
March 24 Rangers vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
March 26 Rangers at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
March 28 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
March 30 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
April 2 Rangers at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-2-0
Last 10 NYR games: 7-3-0

Injuries

* Defenseman Michal Rozsival is out 7-10 days with a lower-body injury, suffered on March 22 vs. Ottawa.

* The Rangers have lost 25 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
 
Highlights from Hartford
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Despite a 5-3 road loss to Providence (Boston affiliate) Sunday, the Wolf Pack remain in first place in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of the Bruins.  The defeat yesterday was only the Pack’s third in regulation in the last 17 games (13-3-1-0).  The Wolf Pack scored their 40th victory of the season with a 7-2 victory Saturday night in Springfield (Edmonton affiliate).  The seven goals were a season high, and the margin of victory was also the highest of the season for the Pack.  This year marks the sixth straight season that the Wolf Pack have reached 40 wins, which ties an AHL record.  Ken Gernander’s club is now off until Friday (7:00), when it will visit Albany (Carolina affiliate), and the Wolf Pack and Providence lock horns again Saturday (7:00) in Hartford.

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