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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Pittsburgh

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in their first game following the All-Star break. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 29-20-3 (61 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Florida Panthers, 4-3, on Jan. 25 at Madison Square Garden, and are now 10-6-1 in their last 17 games at home. New York has registered a point in 24 of their last 37 games (22-13-2). The Penguins enter the contest with a 31-15-4 (66 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have won five of their last six games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, Feb. 3, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), before beginning a three-game road trip on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Montreal.

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Tonight’s game will be televised nationally on Versus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 207.

Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 21st with a 12-11-2 (26 pts) record at home; the Penguins rank 9th with a 14-6-3 (31 pts) mark on the road.

New York is 8-5-0 vs. the Atlantic Division; Pittsburgh is 6-5-2 against the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist is 18-13-4 with a 2.39 goals against average and two shutouts in 35 career regular season games vs. Pittsburgh; Martin Biron is 13-15-3-2 with a 2.98 goals against average and two shutouts in 33 career regular season games vs. Pittsburgh.

* Chris Drury leads the Rangers with 13 goals, 21 assists and 34 points in 40 career regular season games vs. Pittsburgh.

* New York lists two former Penguins on its roster: Erik Christensen (2005-06 to 2007-08); Ruslan Fedotenko (2008-09 to 2009-10).

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

All Time -- Rangers vs. Penguins
Overall: 113-97-23-7
At MSG: 63-46-9-2
At Pittsburgh: 50-51-14-5

2010-11 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
Nov. 15 Rangers 3, Penguins 2 (OT) at Pittsburgh
Nov. 29 Rangers 1, Penguins 3 at MSG
Dec. 15 Rangers 4, Penguins 1 at Pittsburgh
Feb. 1 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Feb. 13 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
March 20 Rangers vs. Penguins at Pittsburgh

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 1 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 Rangers at Montreal, 2 p.m.
Feb. 7 Rangers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 Rangers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.


* Vinny Prospal has missed 52 games with a knee injury.

* Derek Boogaard has missed 22 games with a shoulder injury.

* Ryan Callahan has missed 19 games with a broken hand.

* Erik Christensen has missed 14 games with a sprained knee.

* Alex Frolov has missed nine games with a knee injury.

* Brandon Dubinsky has missed five games with a stress fracture in his left leg.

* Ruslan Fedotenko has missed four games with a shoulder separation.

* Dan Girardi has missed two games with soreness in his ribcage.

* The Rangers have lost 193 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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