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The Rangers will face-off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 30-24-4 (64 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, to reach the 30-win plateau for the sixth consecutive season. The Kings have posted a record of 32-22-3 (67 pts) to rank eighth in the Western Conference following Wednesday night's 4-3 overtime shootout win at Columbus, and are now 5-0-2 on their current 10-game road trip. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will conclude their back-to-back set when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Friday, Feb. 18, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up. Download complete game notes >>
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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 205.Rangers vs. Los Angeles Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers rank 25th with a 13-12-3 (29 pts) record at home; the Kings rank 17th with a 15-13-2 (32 pts) mark on the road.
* The Rangers are 2-0-0 vs. the Pacific Division; the Kings are 3-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division.
* Henrik Lundqvist
is 1-3-0 with a 3.03 goals-against average in four career regular season appearances vs. Los Angeles; Martin Biron
is 4-1-0-0 with a 2.04 goals against average and one shutout in six career regular-season contests vs. the Kings.
* Marian Gaborik
has registered a team-high, 18 goals and 28 points in 26 career regular season contests vs. Los Angeles.
* New York lists three former Kings on its roster: Sean Avery
(2002-03 to 2006-07); Brian Boyle
(2007-08 to 2008-09); Alex Frolov (2002-03 to 2009-10).
* Los Angeles lists no former Rangers on its roster.All Time -- Rangers vs. Kings
At MSG: 36-18-6-0
At Los Angeles: 28-25-10-02009-10 Review -- Rangers vs. Los Angeles
Oct. 14 Rangers 4, Kings 2 at MSG
Feb. 2 Rangers 1, Kings 2 at Los Angeles2010-11 Rangers vs. Los Angeles
Feb. 17 Rangers vs. Kings at MSGUpcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 17 Rangers vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Feb. 18 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 Rangers at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Feb. 25 Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m.Injuries
* Derek Boogaard has missed 28 games with a shoulder injury.
* Alex Frolov has missed 15 games with a knee injury.
* Ruslan Fedotenko
has missed 10 games with a shoulder separation and appendectomy.
* Chris Drury has missed four games with a knee injury.
* The Rangers have lost 218 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.