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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Washington

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.), in Game Two of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up. The Blueshirts opened their Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 overtime loss vs. the Capitals in Game One on Wednesday ight at Verizon Center, marking the first time in five years the Rangers dropped their first game of the opening round (2006 Playoffs). The Rangers enter tonight's contest with a 197-213-8 record all-time in 418 playoff contests, including an 88-131-6 mark on the road. New York has posted a 45-45-2 record all-time in Game Twos of playoff series.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 206.

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 regular season games vs. Washington, including six goals in 17 power play attempts (35.3%) in four games in 2009-10.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 3-5 record with a 2.75 goals against average and one shutout in eight career playoff contests vs. Washington.

* Vinny Prospal leads the Rangers with six goals, eight assists and 14 points in 15 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 14-16 mark in 30 postseason contests.

All Time Regular Season -- Rangers vs. Capitals
Overall: 83-83-18-5
At MSG: 46-36-9-2
At Washington: 37-47-9-3

2010-11 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 Washington

Rangers-Capitals Series Schedule
April 13 Rangers 1, Capitals 2 (OT) at Washington
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 regular-season games and 1 playoff game with a shoulder injury.

* Alex Frolov has missed 39 regular-season games 1 playoff game with a knee injury.

* Martin Biron has missed 18 regular-season games and 1 playoff game with a fractured collarbone.

* Ryan Callahan has missed two regular-season games and 1 playoff game with a fractured ankle.

* The Rangers lost 327 total man-games to injuries or illness duriung the regular season and 4 total man-games during the postseason.
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