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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Pittsburgh

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers will begin their ninth back-to-back set tonight, Dec. 15, against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 18-13-1 (37 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Washington Capitals, 7-0, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 8-4-0 in their last 12 games. The Penguins enter the contest with a 21-9-2 (44 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have won 12 of their last 13 games following a 3-2 loss at Philadelphia last night. Prior to last night, Pittsburgh's last loss was a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Rangers on Nov. 15. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will conclude their back-to-back set when they face-off against the Phoenix Coyotes tomorrow, Dec. 16, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight’s game will be televised on MSG2. Click here for complete MSG2 channel listings. You can also catch the radio broadcast on AM 970 The Apple and on satellite radio at XM 205.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Penguins
Overall: 112-97-23-7
At MSG: 63-46-9-2
At Pittsburgh: 49-51-14-5

2010-11 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
Nov. 15 Rangers 3, Penguins 2 (OT) at Pittsburgh
Nov. 29 Rangers 1, Penguins 3 at MSG
Dec. 15 Rangers vs. Penguins at Pittsburgh
Feb. 1 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Feb. 13 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
March 20 Rangers vs. Penguins at Pittsburgh

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 15 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 Rangers vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Dec. 18 Rangers at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Dec. 27 Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.


* Vinny Prospal has missed 32 games with a knee injury.

* Chris Drury has missed 29 games with a broken finger.

* Derek Boogaard has missed two games with a shoulder injury.

* The Rangers have lost 96 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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