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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Dallas

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight’s Game
NYR VS. ”DAL"
The Rangers face-off against the Dallas Stars tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-17-5 (45 pts.). The Rangers enter today's contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and have now recorded a point in eight of their last nine contests (6-1-2). The Stars enter the contest with an 18-13-11 (47 pts.) record, and rank 10th in the Western Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers tomorrow, Jan. 7, at Philips Arena (7:00 p.m.), in their sixth game in nine days.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight’s game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York  and on satellite radio at XM 205.

Rangers vs. Stars Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are tied for 22nd in the NHL at home with a record of 9-10-3 (21 pts.) in 22 games; the Stars have posted a record of 7-8-6 (20 pts.) in 21 road games to rank 20th in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 3-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division; Dallas have registered a 1-1-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-1-0 with a 2.02 goals against average in one appearance vs. the Stars last season; Lundqvist is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals against average in three career regular season contests vs. Dallas.

* Marian Gaborik has registered a team-high 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in 27 career regular season games vs. the Stars; Ales Kotalik has recorded six points (two goals and four assists) in five career regular season contests vs. Dallas.

* New York lists one former Star on its roster: Sean Avery (2008-09)

* Dallas lists no former Rangers on its roster

All Time – Rangers vs. Stars
Overall: 67-37-22-1
At MSG: 36-17-11-0
At Minnesota/Dallas: 31-20-11-1

2008-09 Series Recap
New York went 0-2-0 against Dallas in 2008-09, including an 0-1-0 mark at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers power play tallied two goals in six opportunities for a 33.3% success rate in the season series.

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Stars
Jan. 6 Rangers vs. Dallas at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Jan. 6 Rangers vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 Rangers at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 Rangers at Boston, 1 p.m.
Jan. 12 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Jan. 14 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Injuries

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

* The Rangers have lost 48 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack (19-13-1-4, 43 pts.) have reached a high-water mark for the season of six games over .500, and are unbeaten in regulation in a season-high five straight games (4-0-0-1), after their fourth straight win, a 2-1 shootout victory over Syracuse (Columbus affiliate) yesterday.  The Wolf Pack trailed that game 1-0 after two periods, and also were behind going into the third frame of their 3-2 win vs. Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) Saturday, after being 0-11-0-2 when trailing after two before Saturday.  Sunday was also the Pack’s first shootout victory in five tries. Ken Gernander’s club has at least a point in eight of its last nine games (6-1-0-2), and will go for a season-high fifth consecutive win tonight (7:00), when the Wolf Pack takes on the Lowell Devils (New Jersey affiliate), in a game to be played at the Prudential Center in Newark.  That starts a stretch of four straight and seven out of nine on the road for the Pack, who will then visit Worcester (San Jose affiliate) Friday (7:05), Albany (Carolina affiliate) Saturday (7:00) and Providence (Boston affiliate) Sunday (4:05).

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