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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Islanders

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight’s Game
NYR VS. ”NYI"
The Rangers face-off against the New York Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set against Atlantic Division rivals. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 31-32-9 (71 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Boston Bruins, 2-1, on Sunday at TD Garden.  The Islanders enter the contest with a 29-33-10 (68 pts.) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference.  Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will conclude their back-to-back set tomorrow, Mar. 25, when they will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.).

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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.

See the Game in 3D
MSG, a leader in delivering state-of-the-art, cutting edge technology to viewers, will telecast tonight's matchup between the Rangers and Islanders in 3D, making it the first network hockey telecast ever produced in 3D. MSG will also be the first network in America to offer home viewers a live 3D sports telecast. In 1998, MSG was the first regular provider of sports coverage in high-definition television, producing all Knicks and Rangers home games in that emerging format. The Rangers will host a special viewing party of this historic telecast at The Theater at Madison Square Garden that will include appearances by popular Rangers alumni Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Ron Duguay, Nick Fotiu, Ron Greschner, Dan Blackburn and others, as well as fan contests and giveaways. In addition, MSG HD subscribers with 3D compatible televisions will be able to watch the telecast on a separate channel offered by Cablevision (iO TV Channel 1300), and MSG is in discussions with other providers. For more information please visit msg.com/3D.

Rangers vs. Islanders Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 28th in the NHL at home with a record of 15-17-6 (36 pts.) in 38 games; the Islanders have posted a record of 10-20-7 (27 pts.) in 37 road games tying for 26th in the league.

* The Blueshirts have posted a record of 6-10-3 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Islanders have registered a 6-11-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-2-1 with a 2.48 goals against average in four appearances vs. the Islanders this season; Lundqvist is 15-8-5 with a 2.09 goals against average and one shutout in 29 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders.

* Chris Drury has tallied a team-high 15 goals and 37 points in 38 career regular season games vs. the Islanders; Vinny Prospal leads the team with 24 assists in 47 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders.

* Erik Christensen notched his first career NHL goal on Nov. 3, 2005 at the Islanders.

* Brandon Dubinsky made his NHL debut on Mar. 8, 2007 vs. the Islanders.

* The Rangers list one former Islander on their roster: Olli Jokinen (1999-00).

* The Islanders list one former Ranger on their roster: Doug Weight (1991-92 to 1992-93).

All Time – Rangers vs. Islanders
Overall: 106-96-19-5
At MSG: 61-37-11-4
At Uniondale: 45-59-8-1

2009-10 - 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 2, Islanders 3 (OT) at MSG
March 24 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
March 30 Rangers vs. Islanders at Uniondale

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
March 24 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
March 25 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
March 27 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
March 30 Rangers at Islanders, 7 p.m.
April 2 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Injuries

* None.

* The Rangers have lost 57 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack (29-30-6-5, 69 pts.) stayed within nine points of an Eastern-Conference playoff spot Sunday, with a 4-3 overtime victory at home over the Providence Bruins (Boston affiliate). That win was the Pack’s ninth overtime triumph of the season, tying them for the AHL lead in that category, and snapped a two-game losing streak, after Hartford had dropped a 4-3 decision to Springfield Friday and had lost 4-2 to the Bruins last Wednesday. The Wolf Pack are 3-2-0-0 in their last five games, but have won only four of their last 18 outings (4-10-3-1). Ken Gernander’s club wraps up a season-high, six-game homestand with games this Friday night (7:00) vs. Adirondack (Philadelphia affiliate) and Saturday night (7:00) against Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate), before traveling to Portland (Buffalo affiliate) for a 4:00 start Sunday.

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