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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. St. Louis

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight’s Game
NYR VS. ”STL"
The Rangers conclude their seventh and final three-game homestand of the season tonight when they face-off against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their final meeting with a Western Conference opponent on the 2009-10 regular season schedule. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 31-30-9 (71 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 10-4-2 vs. Northeast Division opponents this season. New York has registered a point in seven of their last 10 contests, posting a record of 5-3-2 (12 pts.) over the span, including a 2-1-2 mark in their last five games at MSG. The Blues enter the contest with a 32-28-9 (73 pts.) record to rank 11th in the Western Conference.  Following tonight's contest, the Rangers return to action on Sunday, Mar. 21, when they will face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (12:30 p.m.), in a matinee matchup between Original Six opponents.

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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. Blues Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 25th in the NHL at home with a record of 15-16-6 (36 pts.) in 37 games; the Blues have posted a record of 20-11-4 (44 pts.) in 35 road games to rank fourth in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 1-3-1 vs. the Central Division; St. Louis has registered a 3-1-1 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 0-1-0 with a 2.03 goals against average in one career regular season appearance vs. St. Louis.

* Marian Gaborik leads the team with 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points in 29 career regular season contests vs. St. Louis.

* New York lists no former Blues on its roster.

* St. Louis lists no former Rangers on its roster.

All Time – Rangers vs. Blues
Overall: 74-37-16-0
At MSG: 45-10-6-0
At St. Louis: 29-30-10-0

2009-10 - Rangers vs. St. Louis
Jan. 16 Rangers 1, Blues 4 at St. Louis
March 18 Rangers vs. Blues at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Mar. 18 Rangers vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Mar. 21 Rangers at Boston, 12:30 p.m.
Mar. 24 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
March 25 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
March 27 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* None.

* The Rangers have lost 57 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford

Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack (28-29-6-5, 67 pts.) fell back into seventh place in the Atlantic Division on Wednesday night, as they lost 4-2 to the Providence Bruins (Boston affiliate) in Hartford.  That defeat snapped a two-game Wolf Pack winning streak, after the Pack had started a six-game homestand with a 6-2 victory Saturday night over Lowell (New Jersey affiliate).  A 4-2 Hartford victory in Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) on Friday night had snapped a season-high, seven-game winless skid (0-3-3-1) for the Wolf Pack, who are 3-9-3-1 in their last 16 outings.  Ken Gernander’s club, currently six points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, continues its homestand Saturday night (7:00) against Springfield, and tangles with Providence again Sunday (3:00).

For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
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