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The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.), in Game One of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up. On Saturday, the Blueshirts defeated the New Jersey Devils, 5-2, in their regular season finale. New York finished with an 11-4-1 mark in their final 16 contests. The Rangers enter tonight's contest with a 197-212-8 record all-time in 417 playoff contests, including an 88-130-6 mark on the road. New York has posted a 41-46-5 record all-time in Game Ones of playoff series. New York enters the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs having posted a record of 44-33-5 (93 pts) overall with a 24-16-1 mark on the road in the regular season. The Blueshirts are one of seven Eastern Conference teams to have registered at least five seasons of 40+ wins since 2005-06, and one of five Eastern Conference teams to advance to the playoffs in five of the six seasons (no team has advanced to the playoffs in all six seasons). Compared to last season, the Rangers registered six more wins and six more points (38-33-11, 87 points in 2009-10), having tallied 11 more goals (233 this season, 222 last season) while allowing 20 fewer goals against (198 this season, 218 last season). New York also posted a six-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (11 this season, five last season). The Rangers' 44 wins tied for sixth most in team history, and their 24 road wins tied the franchise record (1993-94).
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Plus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 205.Rangers vs. Capitals Pregame Notes
* The Rangers posted a 3-1-0 record vs. the Capitals during the 2010-11 regular season, including a 2-0-0 mark at Verizon Center. New York out-scored Washington, 18-6, led by Brian Boyle
's seven points (three goals, four assists). The Rangers held the Capitals to one goal or less three times, including two shutouts by Henrik Lundqvist
* Over the last two seasons, the Blueshirts have tallied 10 power play goals in 30 opportunities (33.3%) in their last eight games vs. Washington, including six goals in 17 power play attempts (35.3%) in four games in 2009-10.
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a 3-4 record with a 3.00 goals against average and one shutout in seven career playoff contests vs. Washington.
* Vinny Prospal leads the Rangers with six goals, eight assists and 14 points in 14 career playoff contests vs. Washington
* New York lists one former Capital on its roster: Steve Eminger
(2002-03 to 2007-08).
* Washington lists two former Rangers on its roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 to 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 to 2005-06). Rangers vs. Capitals Playoff History
The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time overall and the second time in three years. Their last postseason encounter was an Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in 2009, won by Washington 4-3. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 2-3 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 14-15 mark in 29 postseason contests. All Time Regular Season -- Rangers vs. Capitals
At MSG: 46-36-9-2
At Washington: 37-47-9-32010-11 Rangers vs. Washington
Nov. 9 Rangers 3, Capitals 5 at MSG
Dec. 12 Rangers 7, Capitals 0 at MSG
Jan. 24 Rangers 2, Capitals 1 (SO) at Washington
Feb. 25 Rangers 6, Capitals 0 at WashingtonRangers-Capitals Series Schedule
April 13 Rangers at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
April 15 Rangers at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
April 17 Rangers vs. Washington, 3 p.m.
April 20 Rangers vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
April 23 Rangers at Washington, 3 p.m.*
April 25 Rangers vs. Washington, TBD*
April 27 Rangers at Washington, TBD** -- if necessary
* Derek Boogaard has missed 52 games with a shoulder injury.
* Alex Frolov has missed 39 games with a knee injury.
* Chris Drury has missed 27 games with a knee injury.
* Martin Biron
has missed 18 games with a fractured collarbone.
* Ryan Callahan
has missed two games with a fractured ankle.
* The Rangers have lost 327 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.