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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. New Jersey

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 29-20-4 (62 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, in the shootout on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 10-6-2 in their last 18 games at home. New York has registered a point in 25 of their last 38 games (22-13-3). The Devils enter the contest with a 17-30-3 (37 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in eight of their last nine games (7-1-1). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will begin a three-game road trip when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Bell Centre (2:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up.

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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. New Jersey Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 20th with a 12-11-3 (27 pts) record at home; the Devils rank 30th with a 7-17-1 (15 pts) mark on the road.

* New York is 8-5-1 vs. the Atlantic Division; New Jersey is 4-10-0 against the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist is 21-7-5 with a 1.81 goals against average and five shutouts in 33 career regular season games vs. New Jersey; Martin Biron is 8-15-2-2 with a 3.20 goals against average and two shutouts in 29 career regular season games vs. New Jersey.

* Chris Drury leads the Rangers with 13 goals in 40 career regular season contests vs. the Devils; Vinny Prospal has tallied a team-high, 21 assists and 31 points in 47 career regular season games vs. New Jersey.

* New York lists no former Devils on its roster.

* New Jersey lists no former Rangers on its roster.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Devils
Overall: 97-80-27-5
At MSG: 53-28-20-2
On Road: 44-52-7-3

2010-11 Rangers vs. New Jersey
Oct. 24 Rangers 3, Devils 1 at MSG
Nov. 5 Rangers 3, Devils 0 at New Jersey
Dec. 29 Rangers 3, Devils 1 at New Jersey
Feb. 3 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
Feb. 18 Rangers vs. Devils at New Jersey
April 9 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 3 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 Rangers at Montreal, 2 p.m.
Feb. 7 Rangers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 Rangers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, TBD


* Vinny Prospal has missed 53 games with a knee injury.

* Derek Boogaard has missed 23 games with a shoulder injury.

* Erik Christensen has missed 15 games with a sprained knee.

* Alex Frolov has missed 10 games with a knee injury.

* Ruslan Fedotenko has missed five games with a shoulder separation.

* The Rangers have lost 198 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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