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The Rangers face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight 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 seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 24-21-7 (55 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 6-0, Saturday at the Bell Centre, and have now recorded a point in 14 of their last 19 contests (10-5-4). The Penguins enter the contest with a 32-20-1 (65 pts.) record, and rank fourth in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth and final matchup this season.Download complete game notes >>
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Tonight's game will be televised nationally on Versus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 204.Rangers vs. Penguins Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers have posted a record of 12-11-4 (28 pts.) in 27 home games; the Penguins have posted a record of 17-11-0 (34 pts.) in 28 road games.
* New York has posted a record of 3-8-2 vs. the Atlantic Division; Pittsburgh has registered a 9-6-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a record of 0-2-0 with a 3.56 goals against average in two appearances vs. Pittsburgh this season; Lundqvist is 15-11-3 with a 2.35 goals against average and two shutouts in 29 career regular season appearances vs. the Penguins.
* Chris Drury leads the team with 12 goals and 32 points in 36 career regular season contests vs. Pittsburgh; Wade Redden
has tallied a team-high 22 assists in 53 career regular season appearances vs. the Penguins.
* Michael Del Zotto
and Matt Gilroy each made their NHL debut vs. Pittsburgh in the season opener on Oct. 2.
* Three Rangers players -- Vinny Prospal (Mar. 8, 1997), Sean Avery
(Mar. 2, 2002) and Brandon Dubinsky
(Nov. 8, 2007) -- recorded their first career NHL goal against Pittsburgh.
* New York lists one former Penguin on itsroster: Michal Rozsival (1999-00 to 2002-03).
* Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on its roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07).All Time – Rangers vs. Penguins
At MSG: 63-44-9-1
At Pittsburgh: 47-51-14-52009-10 - Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
Oct. 2 Rangers 2, Penguins 3 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 28 Rangers 3, Penguins 8 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 30 Rangers 2, Penguins 5 at MSG
Jan. 25 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Feb. 12 Rangers vs. Penguins at Pittsburgh
March 4 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSGUpcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Jan. 25 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Jan. 27 Rangers vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Jan. 30 Rangers at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
Jan. 31 Rangers at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Feb. 2 Rangers at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.Injuries
* 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 (23-17-2-4, 52 pts.) were defeated 6-1 by the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles affiliate) on Sunday in Manchester, N.H., in their last outing. That marked only the fifth time in the last 18 games (10-5-1-2) that the Pack had failed to gain a standings point, after a 2-1 overtime loss at Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) on Saturday and a 3-2 overtime victory over Manchester at home on Friday. The three games this past weekend finished a stretch of seven out of nine on the road for the Wolf Pack, and they will now play three games this week at home, where they are 15-3-1-2 on the season. The Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay affiliate) visit the XL Center on Wednesday (7:00), the Lowell Devils (New Jersey affiliate) come to town on Friday (7:00), and the Wolf Pack face Manchester again on Saturday night (7:00). That game concludes a stretch of the schedule in which four of seven Wolf Pack games were against the Monarchs
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