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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Washington

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 29-20-5, and sixth in the Eastern Conference with 63 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Devils, 3-0, on Monday at the Prudential Center, and have earned a point in seven of their last 12 games (5-5-2). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will travel to to Florida to face-off against the Panthers on Friday, February 13, at the BankAtlantic Center (7:30 p.m.). The Capitals, 34-16-4, currently rank second in the Eastern Conference standings with 72 points, and have won four of their last five 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. Capitals Pre-Game Notes


* The Rangers are 16-8-3 at home this season; The Capitals have posted a 12-12-3 record in 27 road contests.

* The Rangers are 9-3-2 against the Southeast Division this season; The Capitals have posted a 11-1-2 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* The Blueshirts have surrendered just one goal on the power play in their last three games at MSG (11-of-12, 91.7%).

* New York has tallied 13 power play goals in their last 12 meetings vs. the Caps for a success rate of 24.5% (13-of-53).

* New York has won seven of their last eight meetings vs. Washington at MSG, outscoring the Capitals, 29-17, during the stretch.

* New York has registered at least one point in seven of their last nine meetings vs. Washington overall, posting a 4-2-3 record over the span.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 7-3-2 record, along with a 2.68 goals against average and one shutout in 12 career regular season appearances vs. Washington; Steve Valiquette is 0-1-1 with a 2.52 goals against average in two career regular season appearances vs. the Capitals.

* Chris Drury leads the Rangers with three assists/points in three games vs. Washington this season; Ryan Callahan has tallied a team-leading, two goals in the season series.

* Scott Gomez has registered 28 points (nine goals and 19 assists) in 33 career games vs. the Capitals; Drury has notched 23 points (six goals and 17 assists) in 25 career games vs. Washington; Markus Naslund has recorded 18 points (six goals and 12 assists) in 23 career contests vs. the Capitals.

* The Rangers are 23-3-2 when scoring three-or-more goals; When scoring first, the Blueshirts have posted a 16-6-2 mark.

* The Blueshirts have two players ranked in the top 10 of the NHL in hits - Callahan (7th, 166) and Brandon Dubinsky (9th, 147); Dan Girardi is tied for 15th in the league with 133 hits.

* Derek Stepan, the Rangers' second round selection (51st overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has registered six goals and 18 assists for 24 points in 30 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 club in points (24) and assists (18), and he leads all team freshmen in goals (six).

* New York lists no former Capitals on its roster.

* Washington's roster lists three former Rangers; Alexandre Giroux (2005-06), Michael Nylander (2005-06 to 2006-07) and Tom Poti (2001-02 to 2005-06).

All Time – Rangers vs. Capitals

Overall: 78-80-18-5
At MSG: 44-34-9-2
At Washington: 34-46-9-3

2008-09 - Rangers vs. Capitals
Nov. 8 Rangers 1, Capitals 3 at Washington
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG
Jan. 3 Rangers 1, Capitals 2 at Washington
Feb. 11 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 11 Rangers vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 Rangers at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Feb. 18 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games

Last 5 NYR games: 0-4-1
Last 10 NYR games: 4-5-1

Injuries

* Dmitri Kalinin has missed three games with an upper-body injury.

* The Rangers have lost 15 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford

Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

After a 9-4-1-0 January, the Wolf Pack (26-20-2-3, 57 pts.) started the month of February by losing two out of three Atlantic-Division games last week.  The Pack dropped a 6-3 decision at home to Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate) on Wednesday, then pulled out a 3-2 win in Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) Saturday despite being outshot 37-16, matching a franchise single-game low.  Sunday saw the Wolf Pack fall to 0-3-0-1 in their season series with Lowell (New Jersey affiliate), as they fell on the road to the Devils, 5-3.  The Pack have three non-conference home games on tap this week, hosting Manitoba (Vancouver affiliate) tonight and Saturday (both 7:00) and welcoming Lake Erie (Colorado affiliate) to the XL Center for the first time ever Friday (7:00)

For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
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