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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Carolina

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third consecutive match-up against a Southeast Division opponent. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-15-3 (47 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Florida Panthers, 3-0, on Sunday at BankAtlantic Center, and have now registered a point in 17 of their last 25 games (15-8-2) and seven of their last nine (5-2-2). The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 18-15-5 (41 pts) record to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in each of their last four games (3-0-1). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will begin a back-to-back road set when they face-off against the Dallas Stars on Friday, Jan. 7, at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m.), before travelling to St. Louis to face-off against the Blues on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Scottrade Center (8:00 p.m.).

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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 205.

Rangers vs. Carolina Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 21st with a 9-8-2 (20 pts) record at home; the Hurricanes rank 13th with a 10-8-3 (23 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers are 2-5-2 vs. the Southeast Division; the Hurricanes are 3-3-1 against the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist is 8-7-1 with a 2.42 goals against average and one shutout in 16 career regular season games vs. the Hurricanes; Martin Biron is 10-4-1-2 with a 2.53 goals against average and one shutout in 19 career regular season contests vs. Carolina.

* Marian Gaborik has tallied seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in 12 career regular season contests vs. the Hurricanes; Chris Drury has recorded a team-high, eight assists in 29 career regular season games vs. Carolina.

* New York lists no former Hurricanes on its roster.

* Carolina lists no former Rangers on its roster.

All Time – Rangers vs. Hurricanes
Overall: 53-47-7-2
At MSG: 33-17-4-2
At Hartford/Carolina: 20-30-3-0

2010-11 Rangers vs. Carolina
Oct. 29 Rangers 3, Hurricanes 4 at MSG
Jan. 5 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at MSG
Jan 20 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at Carolina
Feb. 22 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at Carolina

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Jan. 5 Rangers vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 Rangers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 Rangers at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Jan. 11 Rangers vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 Rangers vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.


* Vinny Prospal has missed 40 games with a knee injury.

* Derek Boogaard has missed 10 games with a shoulder injury.

* Ryan Callahan has missed seven games with a broken hand

* Erik Christensen has missed two games with a sprained knee

* The Rangers have lost 123 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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