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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Phoenix

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers face-off against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Arena (8:00 p.m. on MSG Network), in their third consecutive game against a Western Conference opponent. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 17-8-4 (38 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, on Thursday at Scottrade Center, and are now 14-5-2 in their last 21 games. The Coyotes enter the contest with a 16-12-3 (35 pts) record to rank ninth in the Western Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. on MSG Network), to conclude a three-game road trip.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Network, with pregame coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 204.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Coyotes
Overall: 36-24-6-0
At MSG: 21-10-2-0
At Winnipeg/Phoenix: 15-14-4-0

2010-11 Rangers vs. Phoenix
Dec. 16 Rangers 4, Coyotes 3 (SO) at MSG

2011-12 Rangers vs. Phoenix
Dec. 17 Rangers vs. Coyotes at Phoenix
Jan. 10 Rangers vs. Coyotes at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 17 Rangers at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
Dec. 20 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Dec. 26 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.


* Marc Staal has missed 29 games after being put on the Injured Reserve list on Oct. 5 due to a concussion.

* Mike Rupp has missed 22 games due to a knee injury, suffered on Oct. 24.

* Wojtek Wolski has missed 18 games due to a groin injury, suffered on Nov. 3.

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

* The Rangers have lost 83 total man-game to injuries or illness this season.
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