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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Ottawa Senators tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back home set. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 38-26-8, and seventh in the Eastern Conference with 84 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Sabres, 5-3, yesterday at Madison Square Garden, and have won seven of their last nine games. The Blueshirts have posted an 8-2-2 record in their last 12 games at MSG. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, March 24 at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their three-game homestand. The Senators, 31-30-10, currently rank 12th in the Eastern Conference standings with 72 points, and have won eight of their last nine games.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight'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. Senators Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are 22-10-4 at home this season; The Senators have posted a 11-18-4 record in 33 road contests.

* The Rangers are 7-7-3 against the Northeast Division this season; The Senators have posted a 7-7-3 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* New York has tallied nine goals in 47 power play opportunities over the last 11 games (19.1%), dating back to February 25 at Toronto.

* The Blueshirts have held opponents scoreless on the power play in eight of their last 11 games at MSG (39-for-42, 92.9%).

* The Rangers have posted an 8-2-2 record in their last 12 games at Madison Square Garden.

* The Blueshirts have recorded a 7-5-2 record in the second game of back-to-back sets, and are 4-1-1 when the second game of the set is played at home.

* The Rangers are 3-2-0 in their last five meetings vs. the Senators.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 5-8-0 record, along with a 2.20 goals against average and one shutout in 14 career regular season appearances vs. Ottawa; Steve Valiquette is 1-1-0 with a 2.50 goals against average in two career regular season contests vs. the Senators.

* Lauri Korpikoski (one goal and one assist) and Nikolai Zherdev (two assists) lead the Blueshirts with two points in three games vs. the Senators this season.

* Markus Naslund has registered 19 points (12 goals and seven assists) in 28 career games vs. the Senators; Scott Gomez has notched 17 points (three goals and 14 assists) in 31 career games vs. Ottawa; Nik Antropov has recorded 19 points (eight goals and 11 assists) in 34 career contests vs. the Senators.

* Ryan Callahan enters tonight's contest riding a five-game scoring streak, registering seven points (four goals and three assists) over the span; Gomez has recorded 11 points (three goals and eight assists) in the last 10 games; Antropov has tallied eight points (four goals and four assists) in eight games as a Ranger.

* Derek Stepan, the Rangers' second round round selection (51st overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has registered nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points in 40 games with the University of Wisconsin Badgers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) this season; the first-year player currently ranks second on the team overall in assists (24) and points (33), and leads all Badger freshmen in goals (nine), assists and points.

* The Rangers have one former Senator on their roster; Wade Redden (1996-97 to 2007-08).

* Ottawa's roster lists no former Rangers.

All Time – Rangers vs. Senators
Overall: 44-36-12-1
At MSG: 20-21-5-0
At Ottawa: 24-15-7-1

2008-09 - Rangers vs. Senators
Nov. 17 Rangers 2, Senators 1 (SO) at MSG
Nov. 22 Rangers 1, Senators 4 at Ottawa
Jan. 10 Rangers 2, Senators 0 at Ottawa
March 22 Rangers vs. Senators at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
March 22 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
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.

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 4-1-0
Last 10 NYR games: 7-3-0

Injuries

* None

* The Rangers have lost 25 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
 
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