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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Carolina

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Today’s Game
NYR VS. ”CAR"
The Rangers face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes today at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m.), to close out their home-and-home set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 19-17-4 (42 pts.). The Rangers enter today's contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1, on Thursday at RBC Center to win their fifth game in the last seven (5-1-1). The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 10-23-7 (27 pts.) record, and rank 15th in the Eastern Conference. Following today's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins on Monday, Jan. 4, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

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Rangers vs. Hurricanes Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 28th in the NHL at home with a record of 8-10-2 (18 pts.) in 20 games; the Hurricanes have posted a record of 2-13-4 (eight pts.) in 19 road games to rank 30th in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 5-4-1 vs. the Southeast Division; Carolina have registered a 1-6-4 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average in two appearances against the Hurricanes this season; Lundqvist is 8-5-0 with a 2.14 goals against average and one shutout in 13 career regular season contests vs. Carolina.

* Marian Gaborik has registered six goals and 13 points in 10 career regular season games against the Hurricanes; Wade Redden leads all team defensemen with 19 points (three goals and 16 assists) in 52 career regular season contests vs. Carolina.

* New York lists no former Hurricanes on its roster

* Carolina lists two former Rangers on its roster: Matt Cullen (2006-07); Aaron Ward (2006-07).

All Time – Rangers vs. Hurricanes
Overall: 53-45-7-1
At MSG: 33-15-4-1
At Hartford/Carolina: 20-30-3-0

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Hurricanes

Dec. 21 Rangers 3, Hurricanes 1 at Carolina
Dec. 31 Rangers 2,  Hurricanes 1 at Carolina
Jan. 2 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at MSG
Jan. 27 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Jan. 2 Rangers vs. Carolina, 1 p.m.
Jan. 4 Rangers vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
Jan. 6 Rangers vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 Rangers at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 Rangers at Boston, 1 p.m.

Injuries

* Vinny Prospal has missed two games with an injury suffered on Dec. 26.

* The Rangers have lost 46 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack (17-13-1-4, 39 pts.) have at least a standings point in three straight games (2-0-0-1) and six of their last seven (4-1-0-2), after finishing calendar year 2009 with a sweep of a home-and-home series with Springfield (Edmonton affiliate). The Pack beat the Falcons in Springfield, 4-3 in overtime, on Sunday, their fourth victory in nine trips to OT, and then came from 2-0 down to post a 5-3 win Wednesday at home. That improved the Wolf Pack’s home-ice record to 11-3-1-2.  Ken Gernander’s team starts 2010 with back-to-back home games tonight (7:00) vs. Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) and tomorrow afternoon (3:00) against the Syracuse Crunch (Columbus affiliate). Following that, the Wolf Pack will play seven of their next nine games on the road.

For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
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