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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Minnesota

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers will conclude their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Minnesota Wild tonight, Mar. 3, 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 33-28-4 (70 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The Wild enter the contest with a 33-25-6 (72 pts) record to rank 11th in the Western Conference, and have lost each of their last two games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators tomorrow, Mar. 4, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set.

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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 Radio and on satellite radio at XM 208.

Rangers vs. Minnesota Pre-Game Notes

* New York is tied for 24th with a 14-15-3 (31 pts) record at home; Minnesota ranks ninth with a 17-11-3 (37 pts) mark on the road .

* The Rangers are 4-2-0 vs. Northwest Division opponents; the Wild are 2-3-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents.

* Henrik Lundqvist is 2-2-0 with a 2.87 goals against average in four career regular season appearances vs. Minnesota.

* Wojtek Wolski has tallied a team-high, 12 assists and 15 points in 29 career regular season contests vs. Minnesota; Dan Girardi has recorded three assists in four career regular season games vs. the Wild.

* New York lists two former Wild on its roster: Derek Boogaard (2005-06 to 2009-10); Marian Gaborik (2000-01 to 2008-09).

* Minnesota lists one former Ranger on its roster: Matt Cullen (2006-07).

All Time – Rangers vs. Wild
Overall: 8-4-0-0
At MSG: 4-1-0-0
At Minnesota: 4-3-0-0

2010-11 Rangers vs. Minnesota
Nov. 20 Rangers 5, Wild 2 at Minnesota
March 3 Rangers vs. Wild at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
March 3 Rangers vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
March 4 Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
March 6 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.
March 9 Rangers at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.
March 12 Rangers at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.


* Derek Boogaard has missed 35 games with a shoulder injury.

* Alex Frolov has missed 22 games with a knee injury.

* Chris Drury has missed 11 games with a knee injury.

* Marian Gaborik has missed four games with concussion-like symptoms.

* Marc Staal has missed three games with a strained knee.

* Ruslan Fedotenko has missed two games with a shoulder injury.

* Martin Biron has missed one game with a fractured collarbone.

* The Rangers have lost 253 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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