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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Montreal

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 25-15-3 (53 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, on Saturday at Scottrade Center to improve to 8-2-2 in their last 12 games, and have won each of their last three games. New York has registered a point in 20 of their last 28 games (18-8-2), and is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games at home. The Canadiens enter the contest with a 23-16-3 (49 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and each of their last four games have gone into overtime (3-0-1). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Jan. 13, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).

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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 207.

Rangers vs. Montreal Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 19th in the NHL with a 10-8-2 (22 pts) record at home; the Canadiens are tied for 22nd with a 9-11-0 (18 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers are 6-2-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Canadiens are 6-4-0 against the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist is 10-6-2 with a 2.98 goals against average and one shutout in 19 career regular season appearances vs. Montreal; Martin Biron has posted a record of 14-10-0-1 with a 2.41 goals against average and two shutouts in 27 career regular season games against the Canadiens.

* Chris Drury has registered a team-high, 14 goals, 19 assists and 33 points in 41 career regular season contests vs. Montreal.

* New York lists no former Canadiens on its roster.

* Montreal lists two former Rangers on its roster: Scott Gomez (2007-08 to 2008-09); Alex Auld (2009-10).

All Time -- Rangers vs. Canadiens
Overall: 188-315-94-3
At MSG: 124-121-54-1
At Montreal: 64-194-40-2

2009-10 Review -- 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 1, Canadiens 3 at MSG

2010-11 Rangers vs. Montreal
Jan. 11 Rangers vs. Canadiens at MSG
Jan. 15 Rangers vs. Canadiens at Montreal
Feb. 5 Rangers vs. Canadiens at Montreal
March 18 Rangers vs. Canadiens at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Jan. 11 Rangers vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 Rangers vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Jan. 15 Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Jan. 16 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.


* Vinny Prospal has missed 43 games with a knee injury.

* Derek Boogaard has missed 13 games with a shoulder injury.

* Ryan Callahan has missed 10 games with a broken hand.

* Erik Christensen has missed five games with a sprained knee.

* Alex Frolov is out with a knee injury that requires season-ending surgery.

* The Rangers have lost 137 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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