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The Rangers face-off against the New York Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their second game of a three-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 18-16-3 (39 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-1, on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders enter the contest with a 14-17-7 (35 pts.) record, and rank 12th in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their first game of three in four nights. 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. Islanders Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers rank 28th in the NHL at home with a record of 8-9-1 (17 pts.) in 18 games; the Islanders have posted a record of 6-10-5 (17 pts.) in 21 road games to rank 21st in the league.
* The Rangers have posted a record of 3-6-0 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Islanders have registered a 3-5-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.
* Henrik Lundqvist
posted a record of 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals against average in three appearances against the Islanders this season; Lundqvist is 15-8-0-4 with a 2.06 goals against average and one shutout in 28 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders.
* Chris Drury leads the Rangers with 15 goals, and 36 points in 37 career regular season games against the Islanders; Vinny Prospal (46 games) has tallied a team-high 24 assists vs. the Islanders.
* The Rangers lists no former Islanders on their roster.
* The Islanders list one former Ranger on their roster: Doug Weight (1990-01 to 1992-93).All Time – Rangers vs. Islanders
At MSG: 61-37-11-3
At Uniondale: 45-59-8-12009-10 - Rangers vs. Islanders
Oct. 28 Rangers 1, Islanders 3 at Uniondale
Dec. 16 Rangers 1, Islanders 2 at MSG
Dec. 17 Rangers 5, Islanders 2 at Uniondale
Dec. 26 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
March 24 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
March 30 Rangers vs. Islanders at UniondaleUpcoming Regular-Season Schedule
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.
Jan. 4 Rangers vs. Boston, 7 p.m.Injuries
* The Rangers have lost 44 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.