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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Montreal

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight’s Game
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The Rangers continue their seventh and final three-game homestand of the season tonight when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.  The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 31-29-9 (71 pts.).  The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.  New York has now registered a point in seven of their last nine contests, posting a record of 5-2-2 (12 pts.) over the span, including a 2-0-2 mark in their last four games at MSG.  The Canadiens enter the contest with a 35-29-6 (76 pts.) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference.  Following tonight's contest, the Rangers conclude their three-game homestand on Thursday, Mar. 18, when they will face-off against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their final meeting with a Western Conference opponent on the 2009-10 regular season schedule.

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Tonight’s game will be televised nationally on Versus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 204.

Rangers vs. Canadiens Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 24th in the NHL at home with a record of 15-15-6 (36 pts.) in 36 games; the Canadiens have posted a record of 17-16-2 (36 pts.) in 35 road games to rank 14th in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 10-3-2 vs. the Northeast Division; Montreal has registered a 8-7-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Brandon Dubinsky notched a three-on-four shorthanded goal on Jan. 17 vs. Montreal, the first for the team since Oct. 25, 1996 at Florida (Adam Graves).

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-1-1 with a 4.43 goals against average in three appearances vs. Montreal this season; Lundqvist is 10-5-2 with a 3.04 goals against average and one shutout in 18 career regular season appearances vs. the Canadiens.

* Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with five points in three games vs. Montreal this season, tying for the team-high in goals (two) and assists (three) in the season series.

* Vinny Prospal has notched a team-high 15 goals and 34 points in 45 career regular season contests vs. Montreal.

* Wade Redden has tallied a team-high 23 assists, and leads all team defensemen with eight goals and 31 points in 65 career regular season contests vs. Montreal.

* Redden notched his first career goal in his NHL debut vs. Montreal on Oct. 5, 1996.

* New York lists no former Canadiens on its roster.

* Montreal lists three former Rangers on its roster: Scott Gomez (2007-08 to 2008-09); Paul Mara (2006-07 to 2008-09); Dominic Moore (2005-06).

All Time – Rangers vs. Canadiens
Overall: 188-314-94-3
At MSG: 124-120-54-1
At Montreal: 64-194-40-2

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Montreal
Oct. 24 Rangers 4, Canadiens 5 (OT) at Montreal
Jan. 17 Rangers 6, Canadiens 2 at MSG
Jan. 23 Rangers 0, Canadiens 6 at Montreal
March 16 Rangers vs. Canadiens at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Mar. 16 Rangers vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 18 Rangers vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Mar. 21 Rangers at Boston, 12:30 p.m.
Mar. 24 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
March 25 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* None.

* The Rangers have lost 57 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
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After seeing a winless streak balloon to a season-high, and franchise record-tying, seven games (0-3-3-1) with a 6-4 loss at Worcester (San Jose affiliate) Wednesday, the Wolf Pack (28-28-6-5, 67 pts.) have won two straight.  The Pack snapped their skid with a 4-2 victory in Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) Friday night, then started a six-game homestand with a 6-2 home victory Saturday night over Lowell (New Jersey affiliate). The back-to-back triumphs were the Wolf Pack’s first since Jan. 10 and 16, and elevated the club into sixth place in the Atlantic Division, six points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pack continue their homestand on Wednesday night (7:00) against Providence (Boston affiliate), meet Springfield again on Saturday (7:00), and tangle with Providence again Sunday (3:00).

For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
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