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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Nashville

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight’s Game
NYR VS. ”NSH"
The Rangers conclude their three-game homestand tonight when they will face-off against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 26-26-7 (59 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 12-4-2 vs. New Jersey since the start of the 2007-08 season. The Predators enter the contest with a 31-22-5 (67 pts.) record to rank seventh in the Western Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, Feb. 12, at Mellon Arena (7:30 p.m.), in a matchup between Atlantic Division opponents.

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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 New York and on satellite radio at XM 205.

Rangers vs. Predators Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 25th in the NHL at home with a record of 13-14-4 (30 pts.) in 31 games; the Predators have posted a record of 15-11-3 (33 pts.) in 29 road games to rank 10th in the league.
 
* New York has posted a record of 1-2-1 vs. the Central Division; Nashville has registered a 1-0-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* The Rangers' last win vs. Nashville at Madison Square Garden was a 5-1 victory on Jan. 31, 2000.

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 1-0-0 with a 2.00 goals against average in one appearance vs. Nashville last season; Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 2.02 goals against average in three career regular season appearances vs. the Predators.

* Marian Gaborik leads the team with 12 goals and 23 points in 26 career regular season contests vs. Nashville; Olli Jokinen has tallied a team-high 13 assists in 19 career regular season appearances vs. the Predators; Wade Redden leads all team defensemen with four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 11 career regular season games vs. Nashville.

*  Gaborik recorded his fourth career hat trick vs. Nashville on Nov. 23, 2002.

* Enver Lisin made his NHL debut at Nashville on Oct. 14, 2006, registering three shots on goal in 15:00 of icetime.

* New York lists no former Predators on its roster.

* Nashville lists no former Rangers on its roster.

All Time – Rangers vs. Predators
Overall: 6-4-1-2
At MSG: 2-3-1-1
At Nashville: 4-1-0-1

2008-09 Series Recap
New York went 1-0-0 against Nashville in 2008-09, having won their only meeting of the season, 4-2, on Mar. 12 at the Sommet Center.  Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal each finished with one goal and one assist apiece, and Staal notched his first career game-winning goal at 17:29 of the second period.

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Nashville

Feb. 10 Rangers vs. Predators at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 10 Rangers vs. Nashville, 7 p.m.
Feb. 12 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Mar. 2 Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 4 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* None

* The Rangers have lost 51 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack (25-20-3-4, 57 pts.) went 2-0-1-0 in three road games this past week, for their longest road points streak of the season thus far. The journey started with a 3-2 overtime win over Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) last Wednesday at the Prudential Center in Newark. That was the Wolf Pack’s franchise-record eighth OT victory of the season. The Pack then lost a 3-2 overtime decision at Norfolk (Tampa Bay affiliate) on Friday night, before rebounding for a 5-1 win in a rematch with the Admirals on Saturday. Norfolk had been 7-0-1-1 in its previous nine games prior to that, and it was the Wolf Pack’s first win in three games in the season series (1-1-1-0), and only their fourth non-divisional win in 16 games on the year (4-9-1-2). Ken Gernander’s club wraps up a stretch of four straight road games Friday (7:05) at Providence (Boston affiliate), returns to Hartford to host Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) on Saturday (7:00), and then travels to Portland (Buffalo affiliate) for a holiday matinee on Monday (1:00).

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