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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Islanders

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-14-2 (42 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, in the shootout on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 13-7-1 in their last 21 games. New York has earned a point in seven of their last 10 games at MSG (6-3-1). The Islanders enter the contest with a 9-18-6 (24 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have earned a point in each of their last five games (4-0-1). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will begin a three-game road trip when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.).

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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 206.

Rangers vs. Islanders Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 22nd with a 8-8-2 (18 pts) record at home; the Islanders rank 29th with a 3-11-3 (9 pts) mark on the road.

* The Blueshirts have notched four goals in 11 power play opportunities (36.4%) in three games vs. the Islanders this season.

* The Rangers are 6-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Islanders are 3-5-1 against the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist is 19-9-5 with a 2.11 goals against average and three shutouts in 34 career games vs. the Islanders; Martin Biron is 20-4-1-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and two shutouts in 26 career contests vs. the Islanders.

* Chris Drury leads the Rangers with 15 goals, 23 assists and 38 points in 40 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders.

* Marian Gaborik (three goals, two assists) and Brandon Dubinsky (one goal, four assists) are tied for the team lead with five points vs. the Islanders in the season series; Gaborik's three goals and Dubinsky's four assists are both team-highs.

* The Rangers list two former Islanders on their 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: 119-97-19-5
At MSG: 63-37-11-4
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 2, Islanders 0 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. 27 Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Dec. 29 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Jan. 1 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 Rangers at Florida, 5 p.m.
Jan. 5 Rangers vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.


* Michael Del Zotto has missed one game with the flu.

* Marian Gaborik has missed one game with groin strain.

* Vinny Prospal has missed 36 games with a knee injury.

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

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

* The Rangers have lost 109 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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