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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.), to begin a three-game road trip culminating in the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Blueshirts currently rank first in the Atlantic Division standings, and first in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-8-4 (48 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 3-0, on Monday at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to five games, and are 7-2-0 in their last nine. The Blueshirts have now registered at least one point in 21 of their last 26 games (19-5-2). The Capitals enter the contest with a 17-15-2 (36 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost four of their last six games (2-3-1). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers on Friday, Dec. 30, at BankAtlantic Center (7:30 p.m.), in their final game of 2011.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised nationally on Versus You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 212.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Capitals
Overall: 84-83-18-5
At MSG: 46-36-9-2
At Washington: 38-47-9-3

2011-12 Rangers vs. Washington
Nov. 23 Rangers 6, Capitals 3 at Washington
Dec. 28 Rangers vs. Capitals at Washington
Feb. 12 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG
April 7 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 28 Rangers at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 Rangers at Philadelphia in NHL Winter Classic, 1 p.m.
Jan. 5 Rangers vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Jan. 6 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.


* Marc Staal has missed 34 games after being put on the Injured Reserve list on Oct. 5 due to a concussion.

* Wojtek Wolski has missed 23 games due to a groin injury, suffered on Nov. 3.

* Michael Sauer has missed 10 games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.

* Steve Eminger has missed four games with a shoulder injury, suffered on Dec. 17.

* Jeff Woywitka has missed four games with an ankle injury, suffered on Dec. 17.

* The Rangers have lost 107 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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