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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Florida

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers will conclude their back-to-back set when they face-off against the Florida Panthers tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fifth game in seven nights leading up to the All-Star break. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 29-19-3 (61 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-1, in the shootout on Monday night at Verizon Center to improve to 12-6-2 in their last 20 games, and have now registered a point in 24 of their last 36 (22-12-2). New York is 10-5-1 in their last 16 games at home. The Panthers enter the contest with a 21-21-5 (47 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in six of their last seven games (3-1- 3). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will have a six-day break in action before they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in their first game following the All-Star break.

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Tonight’s game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 207.

Rangers vs. Florida Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 20th with a 12-10-2 (26 pts) record at home; the Panthers are tied for 23rd with a 10-13-0 (20 pts) mark on the road.

* New York is 5-6-2 vs. the Southeast Division; Florida is 5-5-0 against the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves in a 3-0 win at Florida on Nov. 26 to post his third shutout of the season, and is 11-5-1 with a 1.77 goals against average and four shutouts in 17 career regular season games vs. the Panthers; Martin Biron is 7-12-1-0 with a 2.68 goals against average in 21 career regular season contests vs. Florida.

* Marian Gaborik has tallied five goals and five assists for 10 points in 13 career regular season contests vs. the Panthers.

* New York lists two former Panthers on its roster: Vinny Prospal (2000-01); Steve Eminger (2008-09).

* Florida lists two former Rangers on its roster: Radek Dvorak (1999-00 to 2002-03); Christopher Higgins (2009-10).

All Time -- Rangers vs. Panthers
Overall: 37-24-6-4
At MSG: 18-12-4-0
At Florida: 19-12-2-4

2010-11 Rangers vs. Florida
Nov. 26 Rangers 3, Panthers 0 at Florida
Jan. 2 Rangers 0, Panthers 3 at Florida
Jan. 25 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG
March 22 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Jan. 25 Rangers vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 Rangers at Montreal, 2 p.m.
Feb. 7 Rangers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.


* Vinny Prospal has missed 51 games with a knee injury.

* Derek Boogaard has missed 21 games with a shoulder injury.

* Ryan Callahan has missed 18 games with a broken hand.

* Erik Christensen has missed 13 games with a sprained knee.

* Alex Frolov has missed eight games with a knee injury.

* Brandon Dubinsky has missed four games with a stress fracture in his left leg.

* Ruslan Fedotenko has missed three games with a shoulder separation.

* Dan Girardi has missed one game with soreness in his ribcage.

* The Rangers have lost 185 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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