The Rangers face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 17-8-2, and rank second in the Eastern Conference with 36 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Panthers, 4-0, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and have won six of their last nine games. Following tonight's match, the Rangers will travel to Montreal to face-off against the Canadiens, tomorrow, December 4, at the Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Penguins, 14-6-3, currently rank fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with 31 points, and have won three of their last five games.Download complete game notes >>
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Plus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on WABC (770 AM).Rangers vs Penguins Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers are 10-5-1 at home this season; The Penguins have posted a 7-3-1 record in 11 road contests.
* The Rangers are 5-1-0 against the Atlantic Division this season; The Penguins have posted a 5-0-2 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.
* New York has tallied one or more power play goals in seven of their last eight meetings with Pittsburgh, notching 10 goals in 42 power play attempts (23.8%) over the span.
* The Rangers have held the Penguins scoreless on the power play in three of their last four meetings (13-14, 92.9%).
* New York is 6-2-0 in its last eight regular-season games vs. Pittsburgh.
* The Blueshirts have won their last six regular-season contests vs. the Penguins at MSG, outscoring Pittsburgh, 20-8, during the stretch.
* The Rangers are 4-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets this season.
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a 13-6-3 record, along with a 2.10 goals against average and one shutout in 22 career regular-season appearances vs. Pittsburgh; Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 1.85 goals against average in one game vs. the Penguins this season.
* In the season series, Markus Naslund leads the Rangers with two points (one goal and one assist) in one contest.
* Scott Gomez has registered 42 points (nine goals and 33 assists) in 51 career games vs. the Penguins; Chris Drury has notched 26 points (10 goals and 16 assists) in 28 career games vs. Pittsburgh; Naslund has recorded 17 points (11 goals and six assists) in 15 career contests vs. the Penguins.
* Gomez is two assists shy of 400 career assists.
* Chris Doyle, the Rangers' fifth round choice (141st overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has registered 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points, along with 43 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Prince Edward Island Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season; His 41 points are tied for fourth among all QMJHL skaters, while his 27 assists rank fifth in the league
* New York lists two former Penguins on its roster; Naslund (1993-94 to 1995-96) and Michal Rozsival (1999-00 to 2002-03).
* Pittsburgh's roster lists three former Rangers; Pascal Dupuis (2006-07), Petr Sykora (2005-06) and Jeff Taffe (2005-06).All Time – Rangers vs. Penguins
At MSG: 61-43-9-1
At Pittsburgh: 47-46-14-52008-09 - Rangers vs. Penguins
Oct. 25 Rangers 3 vs. Penguins 2 (SO) at MSG
Dec. 3 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Jan. 5 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Jan. 18 Rangers vs. Penguins at Pittsburgh
Jan. 28 Rangers vs. Penguins at Pittsburgh
March 28 Rangers vs. Penguins at PittsburghUpcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 3 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Dec. 4 Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 Rangers vs. Calgary, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 Rangers at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Dec. 12 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-2-0
Last 10 NYR games: 6-3-1Injuries
* The Rangers have lost seven manpower games due to injury or illness this season.Highlights from Hartford
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In their last action, on Sunday at Providence (Boston affiliate), the Wolf Pack came back from a 3-1 second-period deficit to earn a standings point, but ended up losing in overtime by a score of 4-3. That was after snapping a two-game losing streak Saturday night with a 2-1 victory at home over Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate). Sunday’s point allowed the Pack (9-9-1-2, 21 pts.) to move into a four-way tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. The Wolf Pack have won just one of their last four games (1-2-0-1), but have at least a standings point in four of their last six (2-2-1-1). This week the Pack finish off a stretch of four straight, and seven out of eight, on the road, as they travel to Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) tonight (7:00), Philadelphia (Flyers) Friday (7:05) and Hershey (Washington affiliate) Saturday (7:00).
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