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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Ottawa

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers face-off against the Ottawa Senators tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their 2009-10 regular season home opener. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 0-1-0, and are tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference. New York enter tonight's contest having been defeated by Pittsburgh, 3-2, last night at Mellon Arena in their season opener. It was the Rangers first loss in a season opener since Oct. 10, 2003 at Minnesota. Ottawa posted a 2-4-0 record in six pre-season games. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will travel to New Jersey to face-off against the Devils on Monday, Oct. 5, at the Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four days to begin the season.

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Note to Those Attending Tonight's Game

The doors to Madison Square Garden will open early tonight, starting at 5:30 p.m.

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 208.

Rangers vs. Senators Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers have won their last four Garden openers, a streak last accomplished in 1989-90 to 1992-93; New York has never won five straight Garden openers.

* Marian Gaborik notched a goal in his Rangers debut last night at Pittsburgh, marking the sixth consecutive season a player recorded a goal in his debut with the team on opening night: Markus Naslund (2008-09), Chris Drury (2007-08), Brendan Shanahan (2006-07), Marcel Hossa and Jason Strudwick (2005-06), and Jan Havlac (2003-04).

* The Rangers ranked seventh in the NHL at home last season with a record of 26-11-4 (56 pts.) in 41 games; the Senators posted a record of 14-23-4 (32 pts.) in 41 road games to finish 26th in the league.

* New York posted a record of 8-9-3 against the Northeast Division last season; Ottawa finished with a 9-7-4 mark vs. Atlantic Division opponents.

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 2-1-0 with a 0.98 goals against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout in three appearances against Ottawa last season; Lundqvist is 5-9-0 with a 2.19 goals against average and one shutout in 15 career regular season contests vs. the Senators.

* Brandon Dubinsky led the Rangers with two goals last season against the Senators.

* Vinny Prospal has 21 assists and 24 points in 33 career regular season games against Ottawa; Christopher Higgins (28 games) and Ales Kotalik (38 games) have each tallied 10 career goals vs. the Senators; Gaborik has recorded four goals and eight points in six career regular season games against Ottawa.

* Gaborik (Mar. 16, 2004) and Higgins (Nov. 11, 2008) have each registered a hat trick against Ottawa.

* Ales Kotalik tallied his first career NHL goal against Ottawa on Mar. 19, 2002.

* Drury (Oct. 10, 1998) and Donald Brashear (Oct. 15, 1993) both made their NHL debut against Ottawa.

* New York lists one former Senator on its roster: Wade Redden (1996-97 to 2007-08).

* Ottawa lists one former Ranger on its roster: Alexei Kovalev (1992-93 to 1998-99; 2002-03 to 2003-04).

All Time – Rangers vs. Senators
Overall: 27-31-3-1
At MSG: 13-18-0-0
At Ottawa: 14-13-3-1

2008-09 Series Recap

New York was 2-2-0 against Ottawa in 2008-09, including a 1-1-0 record at MSG. The Rangers’ penalty killing unit registered a 93.8% (15-16) success rate in the season series against the Senators.

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Ottawa
Oct. 3 Rangers vs. Senators at MSG
Nov. 14 Rangers vs. Senators at Ottawa
Jan. 14 Rangers vs. Senators at MSG
March 2 Rangers vs. Senators at Ottawa

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Oct. 3 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 Rangers vs. Anaheim, 5 p.m.
Oct. 12 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.


* Sean Avery has missed one game with a sprained knee, suffered on Sept. 21.

* The Rangers have lost 1 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
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