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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Pittsburgh

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight’s Game
The Rangers face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their home-and-home set. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 13-12-1 (27 pts.). New York enter tonight's contest having been defeated by Pittsburgh, 8-3, on Saturday at Mellon Arena, in their fifth game in eight nights. Pittsburgh enter the contest with an 18-9-0 (36 pts.) record, and rank second in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Dec. 5, at HSBC Arena (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

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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 205.

Rangers vs. Penguins Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are tied for 22nd in the NHL at home with a record of 7-5-0 (14 pts.) in 12 games; the Penguins have posted a record of 9-5-0 (18 pts.) in 14 road games to rank fifth in the league.

* New York have posted a record of 1-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division; Pittsburgh have registered a 4-3-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 0-1-0 with a 3.05 goals against average in one appearance against Pittsburgh this season; Lundqvist is 15-10-3 with a 2.29 goals against average and two shutouts in 28 career regular season contests vs. the Penguins.

* Marian Gaborik leads New York with three points (one goal and two assists) in two games against Pittsburgh this season.

* Chris Drury leads the Rangers with 12 goals and 31 points in 35 career regular season games against Pittsburgh; Wade Redden has tallied a team-high 22 assists in 53 career appearences vs. the Penguins.

* Vinny Prospal (Mar. 8, 1997), Sean Avery (Mar. 2, 2002) and Brandon Dubinsky (Nov. 8, 2007) each recorded their 1st NHL goal against Pittsburgh.

* Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy each made their NHL debut vs. Pittsburgh in the season opener on Oct. 2.

* New York lists one former Penguin on their roster: Michal Rozsival (1999-00 to 2002-03).

* Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07).

All Time – Rangers vs. Penguins
Overall: 110-94-23-6
At MSG: 63-43-9-1
At Pittsburgh: 47-51-14-5

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
Oct. 2 Rangers 2, Penguins 3 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 28 Rangers 3, Penguins 8 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 30 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Jan. 25 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Feb. 12 Rangers vs. Penguins at Pittsburgh
March 4 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule

Nov. 30 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Dec/ 5 Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 Rangers vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9 Rangers at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.


* Wade Redden has missed two games with an injury, suffered on Nov. 25.

* Brandon Dubinsky has missed eight games with an injury, suffered on Nov. 7.

* The Rangers have lost 33 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack (13-8-1-2, 29 pts.) have at least a standings point in four straight games (2-0-1-1), eight of their last nine (5-1-1-2) and 12 of their last 14 (9-2-1-2), after a 3-2 shootout loss at Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) on Sunday. That game marked the Pack’s third straight trip to extra time, as they lost 3-2 in overtime at home to Providence (Boston affiliate) Saturday night and defeated Portland (Buffalo affiliate) 4-3 in overtime Friday in Hartford. The Wolf Pack began a four-games-in-five-days stretch with a 4-1 in Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) Wednesday. Ken Gernander’s club continues a string of four straight road games Friday (7:30) when they travel to Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate), and the Wolf Pack will visit Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Pittsburgh affiliate) Saturday (7:05) and defending Calder Cup-champion Hershey (Washington affiliate) on Sunday (5:00).

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