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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Los Angeles

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers face-off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game at The Garden in four nights. The Blueshirts currently rank first in the Atlantic Division standings, and first in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 5-1-0 (10 pts.). New York enter tonight's contest having defeated Toronto, 7-2, Monday at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to five games. The last time the Rangers posted a six-game winning streak was during the 2005-06 season (Feb. 1 to Mar. 2, seven games). The Rangers now have five wins through six games, marking the second time (2008-09, 5-1-0) the team has accomplished the feat since 1983-84 (5-1-0). Los Angeles enter the contest with a 4-1-0 (eight pts.) record, and rank second in the Western Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will travel to Toronto to face-off against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

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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.

Rangers vs. Kings Pre-Game Notes

* New York enters the contest riding a seven-game home winning streak dating back to last season, and are 11-1-0 in their last 12 regular season games at MSG.

* The Rangers tallied two power play goals in Monday's 7-2 win against Toronto, and have converted seven of their last 20 chances (35.0%) with the man advantage over the last four games

* The Rangers' seven goals vs. Toronto on Monday were the most by the team in a single game since Apr. 1, 2007 against Toronto

* New York had eight players register a multi-point effort on Monday vs. the Maple Leafs, the most since Jan. 28, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh (eight - J. Jagr, M. Rucinsky, M. Nylander, M. Rozsival, M. Straka, J. Strudwick, P. Sykora, J. Ward)

* New York has out-scored its opponents, 11-3, in the third period this season

* The Rangers rank first in the NHL at home with a record of 3-0-0 (six pts.) in three games; the Kings have posted a record of 2-0-0 (four pts.) in two road games tying for seventh in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 1-0-0 vs. the Pacific Division; Los Angeles have registered a 1-0-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a career record of 0-2-0 with a 4.03 goals against average in two appearances against Los Angeles; Steve Valiquette registered a 1-0-0 record with a 1.88 goals against average in one contest vs. the Kings last season.

* Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with 16 goals and 26 points in 24 career regular season games against Los Angeles; Chris Drury has tallied a team-high, 14 assists in 24 career regular season contests vs. the Kings.

* Gaborik tallied a hat trick at Los Angeles on Nov. 4, 2002.

* Drury (Oct. 18, 1998) and Enver Lisin (Nov. 4, 2006) both notched their first career NHL goals against Los Angeles.

* New York lists two former Kings on its roster: Sean Avery (2002-03 tto 2006-07); Brian Boyle (2007-08 to 2008-09).

* Los Angeles lists no former Rangers on its roster.

All Time – Rangers vs. Kings

Overall: 63-42-16-0
At MSG: 35-18-6-0
At Los Angeles: 28-24-10-0

2008-09 Series Recap
New York went 1-0-0 against Los Angeles in 2008-09, including a 0-0-0 record at MSG. Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival led the team with two goals, including one on a penalty shot, in the season series against the Kings.

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Los Angeles
Oct. 14 Rangers vs. Kings at MSG
Feb. 2 Rangers vs. Kings at Los Angeles

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Oct. 14 Rangers vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 Rangers vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m.

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* The Rangers have lost 4 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack evened their season record at 2-2-0-0, and posted their first road triumph in three tries, on Sunday, as they defeated the Providence Bruins (Boston affiliate) 3-2 in Providence. That was the last of three games in three days, following the Pack’s first victory of the season Saturday night, a 7-3 decision over Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) in the Wolf Pack’s home opener. The Pack were 4-for-11 on the power play in the game, which came on the heels of 5-3 road losses in Providence on Friday and Binghamton (Ottawa affiliate) last Saturday.  Head Coach Ken Gernander’s club is now off until Friday night (7:05), when they travel to Portland (Buffalo affiliate).

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