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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 continue their three-game homestand tonight when they will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a matchup between Atlantic Division rivals. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 25-26-7 (57 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Washington Capitals, 6-5, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, despite tallying four power play goals in the contest, the most in a single game since they notched five power play goals in a 6-1 win on Dec. 29, 2007 at Toronto. The Devils enter the contest with a 36-18-2 (74 pts.) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will conclude their three-game homestand on Wednesday, Feb. 10, vs. the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG2. Click here for complete MSG2 channel listings. You can also catch the radio broadcast on AM 970 The Apple and on satellite radio at XM 207.

Rangers vs. Devils Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 27th in the NHL at home with a record of 12-14-4 (28 pts.) in 30 games; the Devils have posted a record of 17-9-2 (36 pts.) in 28 road games to rank fifth in the league .

* New York has posted a record of 3-9-2 vs. the Atlantic Division; New Jersey has registered a 10-4-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-1-1 with a 1.63 goals against average and one shutout in three appearances vs. New Jersey this season; Lundqvist is 16-6-5 with a 1.78 goals against average and four shutouts in 27 career regular season appearances vs. the Devils.

* Vinny Prospal leads the team with three assists in three games vs. New Jersey this season, and Michael Del Zotto, Marian Gaborik and Matt Gilroy have each tallied one goal apiece vs. the Devils in the season series.

* Prospal leads the team with 21 assists and 30 points in 44 career regular season contests vs. New Jersey; Chris Drury has tallied a team-high 11 goals in 36 career regular season appearances vs. the Devils.

* Gaborik tallied his sixth career hat trick at New Jersey on Feb. 17, 2004.

* 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: 92-79-27-5
At MSG: 51-28-20-2
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 0, Devils 1 (SO) 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
Feb. 6 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
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.

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 (24-20-3-4, 55 pts.) dropped a 3-2 overtime decision in Norfolk (Tampa Bay affiliate) on Friday night, after winning in OT, also by a 3-2 score, Wednesday night against Lowell (New Jersey affiliate), in a game played at the Prudential Center in Newark. The Wolf Pack have now won only one of their last seven games 1-4-2-0, and will get another crack at the Admirals tonight in Norfolk (7:15 PM). After that, Ken Gernander’s club will visit Providence (Boston affiliate) Friday (7:05), before starting a stretch in which they play six out of eight games at home next Saturday (7:00) vs. Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate).

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