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The Rangers face-off against the Florida Panthers tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in five days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 17-16-3 (37 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, on Monday at the RBC Center. The Panthers enter the contest with a 16-15-7 (39 pts.) record, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Dec. 26, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their second game of a three-game homestand.Download complete game notes >>
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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 206.Rangers vs. Panthers Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers rank 29th in the NHL at home with a record of 7-9-1 (15 pts.) in 17 games; the Panthers have posted a record of 10-9-2 (22 pts.) in 21 road games to rank tied 11th in the league.
* New York has posted a record of 3-4-1 vs. the Southeast Division; Florida have registered a 6-2-4 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.
* Henrik Lundqvist
posted a record of 1-1-0 with a 1.94 goals against average in two appearances against Florida this season; Lundqvist is 8-5-1 with a 2.01 goals against average and three shutouts in 14 career regular season contests vs. the Panthers.
* Vinny Prospal leads the Rangers with 12 goals, 31 assists and 43 points in 55 career regular season games against Florida; Marian Gaborik
leads the Blueshirts with two goals this season vs. the Panthers.
* New York lists no former Panthers on its roster.
* Florida lists two former Rangers on its roster: Radek Dvorak (2000-01 to 2002-03); Dominic Moore (2003-04 to 2005-06).All Time – Rangers vs. Panthers
At MSG: 17-12-4-0
At Florida: 17-11-2-42009-10 - Rangers vs. Florida
Nov. 21 Rangers 2, Panthers 3 at MSG
Nov. 25 Rangers 2, Panthers 1 (SO) at Florida
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG
April 3 Rangers vs. Panthers at Florida
Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Dec. 26 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Dec. 31 Rangers at Carolina, 8 p.m.
Jan. 2 Rangers vs. Carolina, 1 p.m.Injuries
* Brian Boyle
has missed one game with an injury, suffered on Dec. 19.
* The Rangers have lost 44 manpower games due to injury or illness this season. Highlights from Hartford
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The last pre-Christmas action for the Wolf Pack (15-13-1-3, 34 pts.) was a 4-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal affiliate) on Saturday that wrapped up a five-game homestand. That was after the Pack hung a 6-1 defeat on the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs affiliate) the night before, in the Wolf Pack’s first game of the season against a Western–Conference opponent. The Pack had registered at least a standings point in three straight games (2-0-0-1) prior to Saturday’s defeat, but now have won only two of their last 10 outings (2-5-1-2). Ken Gernander’s squad is back in action Saturday (7:00), when they travel to Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate), and the Pack will visit Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) on Sunday (3:00).
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