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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 will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Tampa Bay Times Forum (7:30 p.m.), to conclude a back-to-back road set against Southeast Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 41-15-6 (88 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, on Thursday night at RBC Center for their third straight win, and are now 12-3-2 in their last 17 games. The Lightning enter the contest with a 29-28-6 (64 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have won five of their last seven games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, Mar. 4, at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up.

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Tune in Tonight
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Network with pregame coverage beginning at 7 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 213.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Lightning
Overall: 39-29-5-6
At MSG: 22-13-2-4
At Tampa Bay: 17-16-3-2

2011-12 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay
Dec. 3 Rangers 4, Lightning 2 at Tampa
Dec. 8 Rangers 2, Lightning 3 (SO) at MSG
Feb. 9 Rangers 4, Lightning 3 (OT) at MSG
March 2 Rangers vs. Lightning at Tampa

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
March 2 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
March 4 Rangers vs. Boston, 12:30 p.m.
March 6 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
March 8 Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
March 9 Rangers at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.


* Michael Sauer has missed 38 games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.

* Ryan Callahan has missed one game due to a bruised foot, suffered on Feb. 27.

* The Rangers have lost 181 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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