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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Philadelphia

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight’s Game
The Rangers face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 18-16-4 (40 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the New York Islanders, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday at Madison Square Garden to extend their point streak to five games (4-0-1). The Flyers enter the contest with an 18-18-2 (38 pts.) record, and rank 13th in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, Dec. 31, at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a home-and-home set.

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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 206.

Rangers vs. Flyers Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 27th in the NHL at home with a record of 8-9-2 (18 pts.) in 19 games; the Flyers have posted a record of 9-9-0 (18 pts.) in 18 road games to rank 20th in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 3-6-1 vs. the Atlantic Division; Philadelphia have registered a 5-4-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average in one appearance against the Flyers this season; Lundqvist is 12-5-0-2 with a 2.91 goals against average and two shutouts in 21 career regular season contests vs. the Flyers.

* Wade Redden leads the Rangers with 24 assists and 31 points in 51 career regular season games against the Flyers; Vinny Prospal has tallied a team-high 15 goals in 38 career regular season contests vs. Philadelphia.

New York lists two former Flyers on its roster: Donald Brashear (2001-02 to 2005-06) and Prospal (1996-97 to 1997-98, 2007-08).

* Philadelphia lists two former Rangers on its roster: Blair Betts (2005-06 to 2008-09); Ian Laperriere (1995-96).

All Time – Rangers vs. Flyers
Overall: 106-101-37-6
At MSG: 54-44-23-4
At Philadelphia: 52-57-14-2

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Flyers
Dec. 19 Rangers 2, Flyers 1 at Philadelphia
Dec. 30 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
Jan. 21 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia
March 14 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
April 9 Rangers vs. Flyers at MSG
April 11 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 30 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Dec. 31 Rangers at Carolina, 8 p.m.
Jan. 2 Rangers vs. Carolina, 1 p.m.
Jan. 4 Rangers vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
Jan. 6 Rangers vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.


* Prospal had arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 28.

* The Rangers have lost 44 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack (16-13-1-4, 37 pts.) start a three-game home week tonight (7:00) against Springfield (Edmonton affiliate), after taking three out of a possible four points in a pair of road games this past weekend. The Wolf Pack fell to 0-4 in shootouts with a 3-2 shootout defeat at Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) Saturday, before rebounding to post a 4-3 overtime win in Springfield on Sunday. That was the Wolf Pack’s fourth victory in nine trips to OT. The Wolf Pack has won only three of its last 12 games (3-5-1-3), but has at least a standings point in five of its last six (3-1-0-2). After tonight, the Wolf Pack next play Bridgeport on Saturday (7:00), before hosting the Syracuse Crunch (Columbus affiliate) on Sunday (3:00).

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