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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Tampa Bay

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at St. Pete Times Forum (7:00 p.m.), to conclude a two-game Southeast road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-5-3 (31 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3, on Thursday at RBC Center to extend their winning streak to four games, and have won 11 of their last 13 contests. The Lightning enter the contest with an 11-11-2 (24 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last two games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, Dec. 5, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Network, with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 212.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Lightning
Overall: 37-29-5-5
At MSG: 21-13-2-3
At Tampa Bay: 16-16-3-2

2010-11 Review -- Rangers vs. Lightning
Nov. 24 Rangers 3, Lightning 5 at Tampa
Dec. 23 Rangers 3, Lightning 4 (SO) at MSG
Jan. 1 Rangers 1, Lightning 2 (OT) at Tampa
Feb. 27 Rangers 1, Lightning 2 at MSG

2011-12 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay
Dec. 3 Rangers vs. Lightning at Tampa
Dec. 8 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
Feb. 9 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
March 2 Rangers vs. Lightning at Tampa

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 3 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Dec. 5 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10 Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Dec. 11 Rangers vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m.


* Marc Staal has missed 22 games after being put on the Injured Reserve list on Oct. 5 due to a concussion.

* Mike Rupp has missed 15 games due to a knee injury, suffered on Oct. 24.

* Wojtek Wolski has missed 11 games due to a groin injury, suffered on Nov. 3.

* The Rangers have lost 57 total man-game to injuries or illness this season.
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