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The Rangers face-off against the New York Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. on MSG Network), to open a back-to-back home set against Atlantic Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 19-8-4 (42 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, on Tuesday at Prudential Center for their second straight win, and are 4-2-0 in their last six games. The Blueshirts have now registered at least one point in 18 of their last 23 games (16-5-2). The Islanders enter the contest with an 11-14-6 (28 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last two games in the shootout. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, Dec. 23, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. on MSG Network), to close out their back-to-back home set.Download complete game notes >>
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Network with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 212.Rangers vs. Islanders Pregame Notes
* The Rangers rank 19th with an 8-3-2 (18 pts) record at home; the Islanders rank 24th with a 5-6-3 (13 pts) mark on the road.
* The Rangers have posted a 4-1-0 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Islanders are 2-5-2 vs. the Atlantic Division.
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a 22-11-5 record with a 2.22 GAA and three shutouts in 39 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders; Martin Biron
is 20-4-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and two shutouts in 26 career regular season games vs. the Islanders.
* Brad Richards
leads the Rangers with 19 assists and 30 points in 32 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders; Marian Gaborik
has tallied a team-high 15 goals (27 points) in 23 games vs. the Islanders.
* The Rangers list two former Islanders on their roster: Martin Biron
(2009-10); Ruslan Fedotenko
* The Islanders list two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Mottau (2000-01 to 2001-02); P.A. Parenteau (2009-10). All Time – Rangers vs. Islanders
At MSG: 65-37-11-4
At Uniondale: 48-62-8-12011-12 Rangers vs. Islanders
Oct. 15 Rangers 2, Islanders 4 at Uniondale
Nov. 15 Rangers 4, Islanders 2 at Uniondale
Dec. 22 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
Dec. 26 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
Feb. 24 Rangers vs. Islanders at Uniondale
March 11 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSGUpcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 22 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Dec. 26 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Dec. 28 Rangers at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.Injuries
* Marc Staal
has missed 31 games after being put on the Injured Reserve list on Oct. 5 due to a concussion.
* Wojtek Wolski has missed 20 games due to a groin injury, suffered on Nov. 3.
* Michael Sauer
has missed seven games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.
* Steve Eminger
has missed one game with a shoulder injury, suffered on Dec. 17.
* Jeff Woywitka
has missed one game with an ankle injury, suffered on Dec. 17.
* The Rangers have lost 92 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.