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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Tampa Bay

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
 

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Tonight’s Game
NYR AT TBL
The Rangers face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 13-10-1 (27 pts.). New York enter tonight's contest having defeated Florida, 2-1, in the shootout on Wednesday at BankAtlantic Center, to post their second straight shootout victory on the road. Tampa Bay enter the contest with a 9-6-7 (25 pts.) record, and rank 10th in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow, Nov. 28, at Mellon Arena (7:30 p.m.), in their fifth game in eight nights.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Plus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on AM 970 The Apple  and on satellite radio at XM 205.

All Time – Rangers vs. Lightning
Overall: 34-26-5-3
At MSG: 19-12-2-2
At Tampa Bay: 15-14-3-1

2008-09 Series Recap
New York went 4-0-0 against Tampa Bay in 2008-09, including a 2-0-0 mark on the road. Three of their four meetings last season were decided by one goal, including a 3-2 shootout victory on Nov. 26 at Tampa Bay. The Rangers tallied six goals in 25 (24.0%) power play opportunities in the season series.

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Tampa Bay
Nov. 27 Rangers vs. Lightning at Tampa
Jan. 19 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
Feb. 14 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
April 2 Rangers vs. Lightning at Tampa

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Nov. 27 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Dec/ 5 Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 Rangers vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* Ales Kotalik has missed one game with an injury, suffered on Nov. 21.

* Brandon Dubinsky has missed six games with an injury, suffered on Nov. 7.

* The Rangers have lost 29 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
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