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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Detroit

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
 
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Tonight’s Game

NYR VS. DET
The Rangers face-off against the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of their back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-13-1 (29 pts.). New York enter tonight's contest having defeated Buffalo, 2-1, last night at HSBC Arena, and have now recorded at least one point in 12 of their last 16 (8-4-4) meetings with the Sabres. Detroit enter the contest with a 13-10-5 (31 pts.) record, and rank 10th in the Western Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at United Center (8:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

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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 204.

Rangers vs. Red Wings Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are 24th in the NHL at home with a record of 7-6-0 (14 pts.) in 13 games; the Red Wings have posted a record of 5-5-3 (13 pts.) in 13 road games to rank 21st in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 1-0-0 vs. the Central Division; Detroit has registered a 0-0-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-0-1 with a 4.97 goals against average in one appearance against Detroit last season; Lundqvist is 0-2-1 with a 4.36 goals against average in three career regular season contests vs. the Red Wings.

* Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with seven goals, 10 assists and 17 points in 23 career regular-season games against Detroit.

* Chris Drury has also tallied a team-high seven goals in 24 career appearences vs. the Red Wings.

* New York lists one former Red Wing on its roster: Sean Avery (2001-02 to 2002-03).

* Detroit lists no former Rangers on its roster.

All Time – Rangers vs. Red Wings
Overall: 210-258-103-1
At MSG: 134-93-58-0
At Detroit: 76-165-45-1

2008-09 Series Recap

New York went 0-0-1 against Detroit in 2008-09. Aaron Voros led the Rangers with two goals in last season's meeting, and Lundqvist made 40 saves in net.

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Detroit
Dec. 6 Rangers vs. Red Wings at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 6 Rangers vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9 Rangers at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 Rangers vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* Donald Brashear has missed one game with an injury, suffered on Nov. 30.

* Wade Redden has missed four games with an injury, suffered on Nov. 25.

* Brandon Dubinsky has missed 10 games with an injury, suffered on Nov. 7.

* The Rangers have lost 38 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack (13-10-1-2, 29 pts.) are winless in a season-high four straight games (0-2-1-1), after a 4-1 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Pittsburgh affiliate) last night. That followed a 7-1 defeat in Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate) Friday, the first time since February of 2006 that the Wolf Pack had surrendered as many as seven goals in a game. The Pack still has at least a standings point in eight of its last 11 games (5-3-1-2), and completes a string of four straight road games today (5:00) at defending Calder Cup-champion Hershey (Washington affiliate). Hartford then plays three home games next weekend, vs. Portland (Buffalo affiliate) Friday (7:00), Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) Saturday (7:00) and Albany (Carolina affiliate) Sunday (4:00)

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