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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. 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 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
At MSG: 4-1-0-0
At Minnesota: 4-3-0-02010-11 Rangers vs. Minnesota
Nov. 20 Rangers 5, Wild 2 at Minnesota
March 3 Rangers vs. Wild at MSGUpcoming 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.Injuries
* 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.