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GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Today's Game

The Rangers face off against the New Jersey Devils today at Madison Square Garden (5:00 p.m.), their third game in the last four days. The Blueshirts, 15-12-2, are currently tied for second place in the Atlantic Division and rank sixth in the Eastern Conference with 32 points. The Rangers enter today's contest having been defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-2, Friday night at Philips Arena and have now lost their last three games. Following tonight's game, the Blueshirts will take on the Capitals on Wednesday, December 12, at the Verizon Center (7:00 p.m.). The Devils, 16-10-2, are currently in first place in the Atlantic Division with 34 points and have won nine consecutive contests.

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Tune In Today!
Today's game will be televised by MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on WABC (770 AM).

Rangers vs. Devils Pre-Game Notes:

* The Rangers are 9-6-0 at MSG this season; New Jersey has posted an 8-6-2 record in 16 road contests.

* The Rangers have posted an 8-4-0 record against Atlantic Division opponents; New Jersey is 5-6-2 vs. the Division.

* In the last 10 games vs. the Devils at MSG, the Blueshirts are 7-2-1 dating back to a 4-1 win on October 13, 2005.

* The Blueshirts have tallied six goals in their last 21 power play opportunities (28.6%), including three multi-goal games over the span.

* In three games this season, the Rangers have held the Devils scoreless in 12 power play attempts while notching two power play goals in 12 opportunities (16.7%).

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted an 0.97 goals against average and one shutout en route to a 3-0-0 record vs. the Devils this season.

* Scott Gomez has registered one goal and two assists for a team-leading three points in three games vs. New Jersey in the season series.

* Jaromir Jagr notched the game-winning goal in the Rangers' last meeting vs. the Devils on November 14 at the Prudential Center (4-2), setting a new NHL record by scoring at his 53rd different venue.

* Chris Drury notched his 200th career goal on Friday night at Atlanta.

* Jagr needs five assists to tie Stan Mikita for 15th on the NHL's all-time assists list.

* Brendan Shanahan is four goals shy of Dave Andreychuk for 11th on the NHL's all-time goals list, and needs two assists to reach Bobby Smith for 52nd in all-time assists.

* Martin Straka needs one assist for 100 assists as a Ranger.

* David Kveton, the Rangers' fourth round pick (104th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has registered 10 goals and five assists for 15 points in 27 games with HC Ocelari Trinec of the Czech Extraliga; The Jicin, Czech Republic native
was recently named to represent his home country in the 2008 IIHF World Under-20 Championship, to be played in the Czech Republic beginning on December 26, 2007.

* The Rangers have two former Devils on their roster; Scott Gomez (1999-00 to 2006-07) and Brendan Shanahan (1987-88 to 1990-91).

* The Devils roster lists two former Rangers; Karel Rachunek (2003-04, 2006-07) and Kevin Weekes (2005-06 to 2006-07).

All-Time - Rangers vs. Devils
Overall: 84-75-27-3
At MSG: 47-26-20-1
At New Jersey: 37-49-7-2

2007-08 – Rangers vs. Devils
Oct. 25 Rangers 2 vs. Devils 0 at MSG
Nov. 3 Rangers 2 vs. Devils 1 (SO) at MSG
Nov. 14 Rangers 4 vs. Devils 2 at Prudential Center
Dec. 9 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
Feb. 1 Rangers vs. Devils at Prudential Center
March 19 Rangers vs. Devils at Prudential Center
March 27 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
April 6 Rangers vs. Devils at Prudential Center

Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Dec. 9 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 5 p.m.
Dec. 12 Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 Rangers vs. Phoenix, 5 p.m.
Dec. 18 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Dec. 20 Rangers at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 2-3-0
Last 10 NYR games: 4-5-1

* Sean Avery underwent successful wrist surgery on Nov. 29 and has missed three games.

* The Rangers have lost 65 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack erupted for a 7-1 win in Worcester (San Jose affiliate) on Saturday night, their biggest offensive output of the season and their largest margin of victory as well. That triumph marked the eighth straight game in which the Pack has registered at least a standings point (7-0-0-1), and they have points in 12 of their last 13 outings (11-1-0-1) and 14 of their last 16 (13-2-0-1). The Wolf Pack had their season-high five-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night, in a 4-3 shootout loss at Providence (Boston affiliate), but rebounded Friday night for a 3-1 win over Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) at home.  Next up for Ken Gernander’s crew is a home date Wednesday (7:00) vs. Houston (Minnesota affiliate) that starts a four-game homestand.  The Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles affilaite) visit the Hartford Civic Center on Saturday (7:00).

Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:

Alex Bourret posted two assists on Saturday night in Worcester, giving him 3-4-7 in six contests since returning from an eight-game absence due to a concussion.

Nigel Dawes tied a Wolf Pack franchise record on Saturday night with five points (2-3-5) in the Pack’s 7-1 victory at Worcester, his third four-point-or-better game in the last eight outings (8-10-18). He notched the GWG and added an assist Friday night vs. Lowell

Andrew Hutchinson has assists in five of the last six games (0-7-7) and points in eight of the last 10 (1-11-12). Heranks tied for third among AHL defensemen in assists (15) and tied for fourth in points (20).

Al Montoya won his second straight game on Saturday night in the Pack’s 7-1 triumph at Worcester (22 saves). he returned to action Wednesday night in Providence, after missing the previous six games due to injury, and made a Wolf Pack season-high 40 saves in the Pack’s 4-3 shootout loss. Montoya is 5-0-1 in his last six decisions and 6-1-1 in his last eight, after starting the season 1-3-1 in his first five.

Greg Moore registered his first pro hat trick on Saturday night in Worcester and added an assist, for a pro career-high four points. He leads the AHL in plus/minus at a plus-19, is tied for second in the league in goals (14) and tied for seventh in points (27).

Pierre Parenteau is tied for fourth in the AHL in goals (13) and tied for fifth in points (28), after chipping in 1-2-3 to the Wolf Pack’s 7-1 triumph at Worcester on Saturday night. He has points in five straight games (4-5-9) and 12 of his last 13 (8-11-19).

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