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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Florida

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game The Rangers face-off against the Florida Panthers tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their first of five games in eight nights. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 11-9-1 (23 pts.). New York enter tonight's contest having been defeated by Washington, 4-2, on Tuesday at MSG, their first regulation loss to the Capitals in 10 games at The Garden. Florida enter the contest with a 9-9-2 (20 pts.) record, and rank 13th in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, November 23, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their three-game homestand.

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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 207.

Rangers vs. Florida Pre-Game Notes

The Rangers rank 17th in the NHL at home with a record of 6-4-0 (12 pts.) in 10 games; the Panthers have posted a record of 5-4-1 (11 pts.) in 10 road games tying for 10th in the league.

* New York have posted a record of 1-2-0 vs. the Southeast Division; Florida have registered a 2-2-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 1-2-1 with a 2.40 goals against average in four appearances against Florida last season; Lundqvist is 7-4-1 with a 2.03 goals against average and three shutouts, including his first career NHL shutout (Oct. 17, 2005), in 12 career regular season contests vs. the Panthers.

* Vinny Prospal leads the Rangers with 11 goals, 30 assists and 41 points in 53 career regular season games against Florida; Wade Redden leads all Ranger defensemen with 15 assists and 18 points in 46 career appearences vs. the Panthers.

* Ales Kotalik (Nov. 12, 2001) and Marc Staal (Oct. 4, 2007) both made their NHL debut against Florida.

* New York lists no former Panthers on their roster.

* Florida lists two former Rangers on their roster: Radek Dvorak (2000-01 to 2002-03) and Dominic Moore (2003-04 to 2005-06).

All Time – Rangers vs. Panthers
Overall: 33-22-6-4
At MSG: 17-11-4-0
At Florida: 16-11-2-4

2008-09 Series Recap
New York went 1-2-1 against Florida in 2008-09, including a 0-2-0 mark at home. Three of their four meetings last season were decided by one goal, including two that went into the shootout.

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Florida
Nov. 21 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG
Nov. 25 Rangers vs. Panthers at Florida
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG
April 3 Rangers vs. Panthers at Florida

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Nov. 21 Rangers vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 Rangers vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.


* Chris Drury has missed three games with an injury, suffered on Nov. 7.

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

* The Rangers have lost 23 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack have achieved a high-water mark for the season of four games above .500 (11-7-0-1, 23 pts.), after defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh affiliate), 5-3, Thursday night at the XL Center.  The night before in Hartford, the Wolf Pack scored late in the third period to earn a standings point against Binghamton (Ottawa affiliate), but ended up with a 2-1 shootout loss in their first shootout of the year.  The Pack is unbeaten in regulation in four straight games (3-0-0-1), and has at least a point in eight of its last nine (7-1-0-1) and 10 of its last 12 (9-2-0-1).  Ken Gernander’s squad is back in action tonight (7:30) at Syracuse (Columbus affiliate), and then travels to Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) Thanksgiving Eve (7:00).
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