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GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Tonight's Game

The Rangers face off against the Washington Capitals tonight (7:00 p.m.) at Madison Square Garden. New York enters the game having lost to their cross-town rivals, the New York Islanders, 2-1, at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Blueshirts dropped their record to 1-2-0 on the season. The Capitals, who are coming off a 2-1 win over the Islanders on Monday night, hold a record of 3-0-0.

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Broadcast Information
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. The radio broadcast can be heard on WABC (770 AM).

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All fans attending this game will receive a Rangers magnetic schedule, courtesy of CherryPharm.

Rangers vs. Capitals Pre-Game Notes:

* The Rangers are 1-0-0 at MSG this season; Washington has posted a 2-0-0 record in two road contests

* In their last five games vs. the Capitals at MSG, the Rangers are 5-0-0; In the last 20 games vs. Washington, the Blueshirts are 8-9-1-2.

* In four games vs. Washington last season, the Rangers tallied five goals in 18 power play opportunities (27.8%); The Capitals went 2-26 (7.7%) with a man advantage vs. New York in 2006-07.

* The last time the Capitals defeated the Rangers at MSG was on January 28, 2004 (2-1).

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 2.03 goals against average in four games vs. the Capitals last season.

* Alexander Ovechkin notched two goals in four games vs. the Rangers in 2006-07; Chris Clark led the Capitals with three points (one goal and two assists) in four games against the Blueshirts in last year's season series.

* In four games vs. the Capitals, Martin Straka and Jaromir Jagr tied for first on the team with six points (Straka - three goals and three assists; Jagr - one goal and five assists) in four games each during the season series; Straka's three goals and Jagr's five assists both ranked first on the team, respectively.

* Olie Kolzig has appeared in 40 of the last 41 games for Washington against the Rangers, dating back to January 9, 1997 when the Capitals edged the Rangers 2-0.

* Jaromir Jagr is one point shy of tying Paul Coffey for 11th on the NHL all-time scoring list; He is also one goal shy of his 100th as a Ranger.

* Bobby Sanguinetti, the Rangers' first round pick (21st overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has registered seven goals and five assists for 12 points, along with eight penalty minutes in six games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL); The 19-year-old defenseman is tied for third among all players in the OHL in goals (seven) and is tied for seventh overall in points (12); Among defensemen, his seven goals ranks first and is tied for second with 12 points.

* The Rangers' last trade with Washington was on January 23, 2004, when New York acquired right wing Jaromir Jagr from the Capitals in exchange for right wing Anson Carter.

* The Rangers have one former Capital on their roster; Jaromir Jagr (2001-02 to 2003-04).

* The Capitals roster lists two former Rangers; Michael Nylander (2005-06 to 2006-07) and Tom Poti (2001-02 to 2005-06).

All-Time - Rangers vs. Capitals
Overall: 76-78-18-2
At MSG: 42-34-9-1
At Washington: 34-44-9-1

2007-08 – Rangers vs. Capitals

Oct. 12 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG
Nov. 1 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG
Dec. 12 Rangers vs. Capitals at Verizon Center
Feb. 10 Rangers vs. Capitals at Verizon Center

2006-07 – Rangers vs. Capitals
Oct. 5 Rangers 5 vs. Capitals 2 at MSG
Nov. 11 Rangers 1 vs. Capitals 3 at Verizon Center
Dec. 30 Rangers 4 vs. Capitals 1 at MSG
Feb. 10 Rangers 5 vs. Capitals 2 at Verizon Center

Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Oct. 12 Rangers vs. Washington 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 Rangers vs. Ottawa 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 Rangers at Atlanta 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 Rangers at Boston 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.


* Sean Avery suffered a grade-two shoulder separation of his left shoulder on October 6 and is out for four weeks.

* The Rangers have lost one manpower game to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack play Game Two of their new season tonight (7:05), visiting defending Atlantic Division-champion Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate). Following that, the Pack travel to Syracuse (Columbus affiliate) for a Saturday-night battle (7:30) with the Crunch. The Wolf Pack lost their season opener this past Saturday, 3-2 to Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate), in front of a sellout crowd of 9,769 at the Hartford Civic Center. This weekend's two games are part of a string of four straight on the road, which wraps up next Saturday (7:00) and Sunday (4:00) with visits to Hamilton (Montreal affiliate) and Toronto (Maple Leafs affiliate) respectively. Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:

Corey Potter brought the Wolf Pack to within 3-2 in Saturday’s second period, with his first goal of the season.

Tom Pyatt registered his first professional point with an assist in Saturday evening’s season-opening loss to Bridgeport.

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