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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Islanders

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Today’s Game
The Rangers will conclude a home-and-home set against the New York Islanders tonight, Dec. 3, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of their seventh back-to-back set this season. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-11-1 (31 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 6-5, last night at Nassau Coliseum, and are now 5-2-0 in their last seven games. The Islanders enter the contest with a 5-13-5 (15 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost 15 of their last 16 games (1-12-3). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will begin a home-and-home set against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, Dec. 5, at Madison Square Garden (5:00 p.m.).

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Rangers vs. Islanders Pre-Game Notes

* The Blueshirts rank 25th in the NHL at home with a record of 5-7-1 (11 pts) in 13 games; the Islanders have posted a record of 2-8-3 (7 pts) on the road to rank 29th in the league.

* The Rangers have posted a record of 4-3-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Islanders are 2-3-1 vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 4.85 goals against average in two appearances vs. the Islanders this season, and is now 18-9-5 with a 2.18 goals against average and two shutouts in 33 career regular season games against the Islanders; Martin Biron is 20-4-1-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and two shutouts in 26 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders.

* Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers in scoring with five points and three goals in two games vs. the Islanders this season, following his four-point performance last night at Long Island (three goals, one assist); Sean Avery has tallied a team-high, three assists in the season series.

* Michal Rozsival has tallied a team-high, 18 assists and 21 points in 52 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders; Marian Gaborik leads the team with 11 goals and 21 points in 17 career regular season games vs. the Islanders.

* New York lists two former Islanders on its roster: Martin Biron (2009-10); Ruslan Fedotenko (2007-08).

* The Islanders list three former Rangers on their roster: Mike Mottau (2000-01 to 2001-02); P.A. Parenteau (2009-10); Doug Weight (1991-92 to 1992-93).

All Time – Rangers vs. Islanders
Overall: 109-97-19-5
At MSG: 62-37-11-4
At Uniondale: 47-60-8-1

2010-11 Rangers vs. Islanders
Oct. 11 Rangers 4, Islanders 6 at Uniondale
Dec. 2 Rangers 6, Islanders 5 at Uniondale
Dec. 3 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
Dec. 27 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
March 15 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
March 31 Rangers vs. Islanders at Uniondale

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 3 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Dec. 5 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 5 p.m.
Dec. 9 Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 Rangers at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Dec. 12 Rangers vs. Washington, 7 p.m.


* Vinny Prospal has missed 27 games with a knee injury.

* Chris Drury has missed 24 games with a broken finger.

* The Rangers have lost 83 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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