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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Colorado

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
NYR VS. COL
The Rangers will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their first match-up against a Western Conference opponent this season. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, in overtime on Friday at Madison Square Garden, in their 2010-11 regular season home opener. The Avalanche enter the contest with a 3-2-0 (6 pts) record, including a 2-2-0 mark on their current five-game road trip. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers return to action on Thursday, Oct. 21, when they will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up.

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Tonight’s game will be televised nationally on Versus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on AM 970 The Apple and on satellite radio at XM 205.

Rangers vs. Avalanche Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers have won their last two games against the Avalanche, outscoring Colorado, 9-2, over the span.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-0-1 with a 2.48 goals against average in two career regular season appearances vs. the Avalanche; Martin Biron is 5-4-0 with a 2.76 goals against average in nine career regular season contests vs. Colorado.

* Marian Gaborik led the Rangers in scoring with three goals in one game vs. the Avalanche last season; Marc Staal and Vinny Prospal each tallied a team-high, two assists in last season's meeting vs. Colorado.

* Staal's two assists in last season's meeting vs. the Avalanche marked a career-high for most assists in a single game.

* Marian Gaborik has tallied a team-high, 19 goals and 34 points in 39 career regular season contests vs. Colorado; Alex Frolov has registered 12 assists and 18 points in 24 career regular season games vs. the Avalanche.

* New York lists one former Avalanche on its roster: Chris Drury (1998-99 to 2001-02).

* Colorado lists no former Rangers on their roster

All Time – Rangers vs. Colorado
Overall: 34-28-7-4
At MSG: 20-10-4-4
At Quebec/Colorado: 14-18-3-2

2009-10 Review -- Rangers vs. Colorado
Jan. 31 Rangers 3, Avalanche 1 at Colorado

2010-11 Rangers vs. Colorado
Oct. 18 Rangers vs. Avalanche at MSG
Nov. 19 Rangers vs. Avalanche at Colorado

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Oct. 18 Rangers vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 Rangers at Boston, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 Rangers vs. Atlanta

Injuries

* Vinny Prospal has missed three games with a knee injury and is on Injured Reserve.

* Chris Drury is out with a broken finger, suffered on Oct. 15, and is on Injured Reserve.

* Marian Gaborik is out with a shoulder injury, suffered on Oct. 15, and is on Injured Reserve.

Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack’s first road action of the season produced five out of a possible six points over the weekend, as the Pack posted two wins and a shootout loss. Friday night found the Wolf Pack in Albany (New Jersey affiliate), and the Devils scored a shootout win in the matchup, by a final score of 3-2. Saturday’s visit to Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) saw the Wolf Pack pull out a 2-1 victory, and then the Pack registered its first shutout since last November 14 on Sunday in Providence, blanking the Bruins by a score of 3-0 despite being outshot by a margin of 41-18. With the 2-0-0-1 slate over the weekend, the Wolf Pack has now gained at least a standings point in four of its five games on the season (3-1-0-1), going into a stretch that sees them play five straight at home. Three East-Division opponents visit the XL Center this week, with the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay affiliate) invading on Wednesday (7:00), Binghamton (Ottawa affiliate) coming to town on Friday (7:00) and the Wolf Pack hosting the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim affiliate) on Saturday (7:00)

Individual player highlights included:

* Chad Johnson earned First-Star honors in the Wolf Pack’s 2-1 win at Bridgeport on Saturday, with 21 saves.

* Tim Kennedy registered his first Wolf Pack point with an assist Saturday night in Bridgeport, and scored his first goal in a Pack uniform in Sunday’s 3-0 win in Providence.

* Kris Newbury posted the Wolf Pack’s first three-assist game of the season on Sunday in Providence, garnering a Third-Star nod in the Pack’s 3-0 win. He leads the Pack in points with seven, all assists, through the first five games and is tied for second in the AHL in assists.

* Wade Redden scored his first career minor-pro goal in Friday’s 3-2 shootout loss at Albany. Is the only Wolf Pack player with at least a point in each of the season’s first five games (1-5-6) and is tied for second among AHL defensemen in points.

* Cam Talbot became the first Wolf Pack goaltender ever to post a shutout in his first pro start, when he blanked the Providence Bruins 3-0 on the road on Sunday, making 41 saves in a game in which the Wolf Pack were outshot by a margin of 41-18.

* Jeremy Williams tallied PPG in Saturday’s victory in Bridgeport, then notched a goal and an assist on Sunday in Providence (Second Star in a 3-0 win). Has a team-leading three goals through the first five games.

* Mats Zuccarello scored his first North-American pro goal, and point, in Friday’s 3-2 shootout loss at Albany, and then netted GWG Saturday at Bridgeport with 4:58 remaining in the third period.

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