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The Rangers face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.) in the first of back-to-back games. The Blueshirts are currently tied for first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 15-10-2 and rank fourth in the Eastern Conference with 32 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-0, on Monday night at Madison Square Garden and have now lost four of their last seven contests after winning a season high, five consecutive games. Following tonight's game, New York will travel to Atlanta to take on the Thrashers tomorrow, December 7, at Phillips Arena (7:30 p.m.). The Maple Leafs, 11-11-6, are currently in fourth place in the Northeast Division with 28 points and have won their last three games..Download complete game notes >>
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Tonight''s game will be televised by MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York. Rangers vs. Maple Leafs Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers are 9-5-0 at MSG this season; Toronto has posted a 5-6-1 record in 12 road contests.
* The Rangers are 2-3-1 against the Northeast Division this season; Toronto is 4-2-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
* In two games this season, New York has held Toronto scoreless in six power play attempts; Overall, the Blueshirts have successfully killed 75 of the last 84 power plays (21 games, 89.3%).
* The Rangers have posted a 6-3-0 record in their last nine games vs. the Maple Leafs, tallying 11 goals in 39 power-play opportunities (28.2%) over the span.
* Brendan Shanahan (one goal and one assist) and Sean Avery
(one goal and one assist) lead the Rangers in scoring with two points vs. Toronto this season.
* The Rangers have earned points in 14 of the last 19 games, posting a 13-5-1 record during the stretch.
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a 12-5-0 record, along with a 1.87 goals against average, a .928 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 17 games, dating back to a 2-0 win on October 25 vs. New Jersey.
* The Rangers lead the league with a 1.93 goals against average, allowing just 53 goals in 27 games this season; In 14 games at MSG, the Blueshirts have surrendered 25 goals for a 1.79 goals against average.
* New York has posted an 11-3-1 record when Scott Gomez registers a point; When Shanahan registers a point, the Blueshirts are 10-3-1.
* Shanahan has registered 67 points (37 goals and 30 assists) in 68 career games vs. the Leafs; Jaromir Jagr has collected 62 points (28 goals and 34 assists) in 42 career games vs. Toronto; Chris Drury has tallied 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points in 29 career contests vs. the Maple Leafs.
* Drury is one goal shy of 200 career NHL goals.
* Martin Straka needs one assist for 100 assists as a Ranger.
* In the first game of back-to-back sets, the Rangers have posted a 3-0-0 record this season; In the second of back-to-backs, the Rangers have gone 1-2-0.
* Carl Hagelin
, the Rangers' sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has registered five goals and five assists for 10 points in 16 games with the University of Michigan Wolverines of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA); The Sodertalje, Sweden 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 no former Maple Leafs on their roster.
* The Maple Leafs roster lists no former Rangers. All-Time - Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
At MSG: 123-108-56-1
At Toronto: 87-160-39-1 2007-08 – Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
Oct. 27 Rangers 1, Maple Leafs 4 at MSG
Nov. 10 Rangers 3, Maple Leafs 2 (SO) at The Air Canada Centre
Dec. 6 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at MSG
Dec. 29 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at The Air Canada CentreUpcoming Regular Season Schedule
Dec. 6 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 Rangers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
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. Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 2-2-1
Last 10 NYR games: 6-3-1 Injuries
* Sean Avery
underwent successful wrist surgery on Nov. 29 and has missed three games.
* Paul Mara suffered a shoulder injury on November 29 and has missed two games.
* The Rangers have lost 62 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:
The Wolf Pack saw their season-high five-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night, as they suffered a 4-3 shootout loss at Providence (Boston affiliate), but gained at least a standings point for the sixth straight game, 10th time in the last 11 (9-1-0-1) and 12th in the last 14 (11-2-0-1). By not getting a win, the Pack squandered a chance to move to within one point of first place in the Atlantic Division, and now trail the first-place P-Bruins by four points. The Wolf Pack had built their winning streak to five by sweeping three games in three days over the weekend. The Pack downed the Portland Pirates (Anaheim affiliate) by a 5-3 score at the Hartford Civic Center Sunday, after their most lopsided victory of the season Saturday, a 6-2 home triumph over Springfield (Edmonton affiliate). Friday night saw the Wolf Pack outlast the Worcester Sharks (San Jose affiliate), 4-2, in Worcester. The Wolf Pack are back in action on Friday night at home (7:00) vs. Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) and then visit Worcester again on Saturday (7:05)
Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:
returned to action on 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. Greg Moore
leads the AHL in plus/minus, at a +16. Pierre Parenteau
notched 1-1-2 in both Saturday’s victory over Springfield and Sunday’s triumph vs. Portland. He has goals in a Wolf Pack season-high three straight games (3-2-5) and at least a point in 10 of his last 11 games (7-8-15). Parenteau ranks fourth in the AHL in shots on goal (81).
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