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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 begin a two-game homestand when they face-off against the New York Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 36-30-4 (76 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, in the shootout on Saturday at HP Pavilion, and are now 4-1-0 in their last five road games. The Islanders enter the contest with a 27-32-11 (65 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have registered at least one point in each of their last seven games (4-0-3). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, Mar. 18, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. EST), in an Original Six match-up.

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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Plus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on AM 970 The Apple and on satellite radio at XM 205.

Rangers vs. Islanders Pre-Game Notes

* The Blueshirts have notched 11 goals in 32 power play opportunities (34.4%) in their last eight games vs. the Islanders, including 6-15 (40.0%) in four meetings this season.

* The Rangers rank 26th with a 15-16-3 (33 pts) record at home; the Islanders rank 28th with an 11-17-6 (28 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers are 10-8-1 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Islanders are 5-9-4 vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist is 20-9-5 with a 2.11 goals against average and three shutouts in 35 career regular season games vs. the Islanders; Chad Johnson has yet to face the Islanders.

* Marian Gaborik has registered 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 19 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders.

* 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: 111-97-19-5
At MSG: 64-37-11-4
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 7, Islanders 2 at MSG
March 15 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
March 31 Rangers vs. Islanders at Uniondale

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
March 15 Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
March 18 Rangers vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
March 20 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
March 22 Rangers vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
March 24 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.


* Derek Boogaard has missed 40 games with a shoulder injury.

* Alex Frolov has missed 27 games with a knee injury.

* Chris Drury has missed 16 games with a knee injury.

* Martin Biron has missed six games with a fractured collarbone.

* The Rangers have lost 276 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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