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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Florida

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers face-off against the Florida Panthers tonight at BankAtlantic Center (7:30 p.m.), in their final game of 2011. The Blueshirts currently rank first in the Atlantic Division standings, and second in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-9-4 (48 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Washington Capitals, 4-1, on Wednesday at Verizon Center to snap their five-game winning streak. The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 21 of their last 27 games (19-6-2), and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. The Panthers enter the contest with a 19-11-7 (45 pts) record to rank third in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games (1-2-1). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Monday, Jan. 2, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadephia, Pennsylvania (1:00 p.m.).

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Network with pregame coverage beginning at 7 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 213.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Panthers
Overall: 39-26-6-4
At MSG: 20-13-4-0
At Florida: 19-13-2-4

2011-12 Rangers vs. Florida
Nov. 23 Rangers 1, Panthers 2 at Florida
Dec. 11 Rangers 6, Panthers 1 at MSG
Dec. 30 Rangers vs. Panthers at Florida
Jan. 5 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 30 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 Rangers at Philadelphia in NHL Winter Classic, 1 p.m.
Jan. 5 Rangers vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Jan. 6 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 Rangers vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m.


* Marc Staal has missed 35 games after being put on the Injured Reserve list on Oct. 5 due to a concussion.

* Wojtek Wolski has missed 24 games due to a groin injury, suffered on Nov. 3.

* Michael Sauer has missed 12 games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.

* Steve Eminger has missed five games with a shoulder injury, suffered on Dec. 17.

* The Rangers have lost 111 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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