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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Colorado

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the fourth game of their seven-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 44-19-7 (95 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden to end their six-game home winning streak, and are now 2-1-0 on their current seven-game homestand. The Avalanche enter the contest with a 38-30-5 (81 pts) record to rank eighth in the Western Conference, and have won five of their last seven games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, Mar. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG 2 with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. Click here for complete MSG2 channel listings. You can also catch the radio broadcast on Bloomberg Radio (AM 1130) and on satellite radio at XM 213.

Rangers vs. Avalanche Pregame Notes

* The Rangers' last win against the Avalanche was on Jan. 31, 2010 (3-1); The Blueshirts' last win against the Avalanche at Madison Square Garden was on Feb. 28, 2009 (6-1).

* New York is tied for fifth with a 24-8-2 (50 pts) record at home; Colorado ranks 11th with a 17-15-4 (38 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers are 2-1-0 vs. the Northwest Division; the Avalanche are 3-2-1 vs. the Atlantic Division.

* The Rangers list no former Colorado players on their roster.

* Colorado lists no former Rangers on its roster.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Avalanche
Overall: 34-30-7-4
At MSG: 20-11-4-4
At Quebec/Colorado: 14-19-3-2

2010-11 Review -- Rangers vs. Colorado
Oct. 18 Rangers 1, Avalanche 3 at MSG
Nov. 19 Rangers 1, Avalanche 5 at Colorado

2011-12 Rangers vs. Colorado
March 17 Rangers vs. Avalanche at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
March 17 Rangers vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.
March 19 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
March 21 Rangers vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
March 23 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
March 24 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.


* Michael Sauer has missed 46 games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.

* Michael Del Zotto has missed four games with a hip injury, suffered on March 8.

* Ryan Callahan has missed three games with an injury, suffered on March 9.

* Henrik Lundqvist has missed two games with the flu.

* The Rangers have lost 203 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.

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