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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Pittsburgh

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight’s Game
NYR VS. ”PIT"
The Rangers face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 29-27-7 (65 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, on Tuesday at Scotiabank Place, in their return from the Olympic Break. The Blueshirts have won each of their last three games, and are 4-1-0 in their last five contests. The Penguins enter the contest with a 37-22-4 (78 pts.) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers return to action on Saturday, Mar. 6, when they will face-off against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center (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.

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Rangers vs. Penguins Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 26th in the NHL at home with a record of 14-15-4 (32 pts.) in 33 games; the Penguins have posted a record of 18-12-1 (37 pts.) in 31 road games to rank seventh in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 5-9-2 vs. the Atlantic Division; Pittsburgh has registered an 11-6-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-3-0 with a 3.03 goals against average in four appearances vs. Pittsburgh this season; Lundqvist is 16-12-3 with a 2.36 goals against average and two shutouts in 31 career regular season appearances vs. the Penguins.

* Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with three goals and five points in five games vs. Pittsburgh this season; Chris Drury has recorded a team-high three assists in the season series vs. the Penguins.

* Forwards Drury (12 goals and 21 assists, 38 games) and Olli Jokinen (17 goals and 16 assists, 40 games) are tied for the team lead with 33 career points vs. Pittsburgh; Jokinen's 17 goals are also a team-high.

* Wade Redden has registered a team-high 22 assists, and leads all team defensemen with 26 points in 55 career regular season contests vs. the Penguins; Michal Rozsival leads all Rangers defensemen with seven goals in 34 career regular season games vs. Pittsburgh.

* Jokinen has tallied two career hat tricks vs. Pittsburgh, on Nov. 25, 2005 and Jan. 10, 2007.

* Vinny Prospal (Mar. 8, 1997), Sean Avery (Mar. 2, 2002) and Brandon Dubinsky (Nov. 8, 2007) recorded their first career NHL goals against Pittsburgh.

* Jokinen (Jan. 10, 1997), Jody Shelley (Feb. 17, 2001), Michael Del Zotto (Oct. 2, 2009) and Matt Gilroy (Oct. 2, 2009) made their NHL debuts vs. the Penguins.
 
* New York lists two former Penguins on its roster: Erik Christensen (2005-06 to 2007-08); Rozsival (1999-00 to 2002-03).
 
* Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on its roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07).

All Time – Rangers vs. Penguins

Overall: 111-96-23-6
At MSG: 63-45-9-1
At Pittsburgh: 48-51-14-5

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
Oct. 2 Rangers 2, Penguins 3 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 28 Rangers 3, Penguins 8 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 30 Rangers 2, Penguins 5 at MSG
Jan. 25 Rangers 2, Penguins 4 at MSG
Feb. 12 Rangers 3, Penguins 2 (OT) at Pittsburgh
March 4 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Mar. 4 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Mar. 6 Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m.
Mar. 7 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Mar. 10 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Mar. 12 Rangers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Injuries

* Gaborik has missed three games with a laceration on his thigh.

* Del Zotto has missed two games with a laceration on his chest.

* The Rangers have lost 56 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack (26-27-5-4, 61 pts.) fell below the .500 mark for the first time since Halloween Sunday, when they dropped a 4-3 decision at Lowell (New Jersey affiliate).  That came on the heels of back-to-back, 2-1 home overtime losses, Friday vs. Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) and Saturday vs. Portland. The Pack have at least a standings point in three of their last five games (1-2-2-0), but are 0-2-2-0 in their last four games and 1-7-2-0 in their last 10. The Wolf Pack are currently four points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and return to action this Saturday (7:00) at Hamilton (Montreal affiliate). That is the front end of a two-game Ontario trip that also takes the Pack to Toronto, where they visit the Marlies (Maple Leafs affiliate) on Sunday (4:00).


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