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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Tampa Bay

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangersface-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Tampa Bay Times Forum (7:00 p.m.), to begin a two-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 3-4-0 (6 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden to close out their three-game homestand with a 2-1-0 mark, and are now 3-2-0 in their last five contests. The Lightning currently own a 6-1-0 (12 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have won five straight games, including an 8-3 home victory over Winnipeg on Friday. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will conclude their two-game road trip when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.

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Tune in Tonight
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Plus with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on Bloomberg Radio (AM 1130) and on satellite radio at XM 213.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Lightning
Overall: 39-30-5-6
At MSG: 22-13-2-4
At Tampa Bay: 17-17-3-2

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 3, Lightning 4 (OT) at Tampa

2013 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay
Feb. 2 Rangers vs. Lightning at Tampa
Feb. 10 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
Feb. 28 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 2 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Feb. 10 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12 Rangers at Boston, 7:30 p.m.


* Ryan Callahan has missed one game with a shoulder subluxation, suffered on Jan. 29.

* Chris Kreider has missed three games due to an ankle injury, diagnosed on Jan. 25.

* Michael Sauer has missed seven games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5, 2011.

* The Rangers have lost 13 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.

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