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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Philadelphia

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Today's Game
The Rangers face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers today in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (3:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 23-9-4 (50 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-1, on Friday at BankAtlantic Center, and have won six of their last seven games. New York has posted a record of 20-6-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Flyers enter the contest with a 22-10-4 (48 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost four of their last six games (2-3-1). This will be the second meeting in 10 days between the Atlantic Division rivals, with New York having defeated Philadelphia, 4-2, on Dec. 23 at MSG to take a 2-0-0 series lead. Following today's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, Jan. 5, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. on MSG Network), to begin a back-to-back set.

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Tune In Today's!
Tonight's game will be televised nationally on NBC, beginning at 3 p.m. A Rangers Gamenight pregame show will air on MSG Network at 2 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 92.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Flyers
Overall: 112-107-37-7
At MSG: 59-47-23-4
At Philadelphia: 53-60-14-3

2011-12 Rangers vs. Philadelphia
Nov. 26 Rangers 2, Flyers 0 at MSG
Dec. 23 Rangers 4, Flyers 2 at MSG
Jan. 2 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia (NHL Winter Classic)
Feb. 5 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
Feb. 11 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia
April 3 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Jan. 2 Rangers at Philadelphia in NHL Winter Classic, 3 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.
Jan. 12 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.


* Marc Staal has missed 36 games after being put on the Injured Reserve list on Oct. 5 due to a concussion.

* Wojtek Wolski has missed 25 games due to a groin injury, suffered on Nov. 3.

* Michael Sauer has missed 13 games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.

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

* The Rangers have lost 115 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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