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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. New Jersey

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
NYR VS. NJD
The Rangers face-off against the New Jersey Devils tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a matchup between Atlantic Division rivals. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-17-6 (50 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-1, on Saturday at TD Garden, and have now recorded a point in 11 of their last 12 contests (8-1-3). The Devils enter the contest with a 31-11-1 (63 pts.) record, and rank first in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third of four meetings this season.

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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 206.

Rangers vs. Devils Pre-Game Notes


* New York has posted a record of 11-4-1 vs. New Jersey since the start of the 2007-08 season.

* Henrik Lundqvist has registered a career 15-3-4 mark vs. Martin Brodeur.

* The Rangers are tied for 22nd in the NHL at home with a record of 10-10-3 (23 pts.) in 23 games; the Devils have posted a record of 15-4-1 (31 pts.) in 20 road games to rank third in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 3-7-1 vs. the Atlantic Division; New Jersey has registered an 8-3-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-1-0 with a 2.52 goals against average in two appearances vs. the Devils this season; Lundqvist is 16-6-4 with a 1.85 goals against average and three shutouts in 26 career regular season contests vs. New Jersey.

* Vinny Prospal leads the team with 21 assists and 30 points in 43 career regular season contests vs. New Jersey; Chris Drury has notched a team-high 11 goals in 35 career regular season appearances vs. the Devils.

* New York lists no former Devils on its roster.

* New Jersey lists one former Ranger on its roster; Mike Mottau (2000-01 to 2001-02).

All Time – Rangers vs. Devils
Overall: 92-79-27-4
At MSG: 51-28-20-1
At New Jersey: 41-51-7-3

2009-10 - Rangers vs. New Jersey
Oct. 5 Rangers 3, Devils 2 at New Jersey
Oct. 22 Rangers 2, Devils 4 at MSG
Jan. 12 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
Feb. 6 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
March 10 Rangers vs. Devils at New Jersey
March 25 Rangers vs. Devils at New Jersey

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Jan. 12 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Jan. 14 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Jan. 16 Rangers at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Jan. 17 Rangers vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* Prospal has missed seven games with an injury suffered on Dec. 26.

* 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 (21-15-1-4, 47 pts.) claimed sole possession of fourth place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division this past week, by splitting four road games. The week began with a 3-2 loss to the Lowell Devils (New Jersey affiliate) on Wednesday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The Pack then scored a 5-2 win in Worcester (San Jose affiliate) Friday, against a Shark team that came into the game on a six-game winning streak. The Albany River Rats (Carolina) turned the Wolf Pack back, 3-1, at the Times-Union Center in Albany Saturday, but the Pack finished the weekend with a 2-1 overtime win Sunday at Providence (Boston affiliate), the club’s fifth OT triumph of the season. Ken Gernander’s squad has now won six of its last eight games, and has at least a standings point in 10 of its last 13 outings (8-3-0-2). The Wolf Pack are now off until Saturday night (7:00), when they host Providence at the XL Center, and the Pack’s last game before the AHL All-Star break is Sunday (3:00) at Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate).

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