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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Tampa Bay

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Today's Game
The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning today at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m.), in the first game of a three-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 33-26-4 (70 pts). The Rangers enter today's contest having defeated the Washington Capitals, 6-0, on Friday at Verizon Center, and are now 4-2-0 in their last six games. The Lightning enter the contest with a 36-18-7 (79 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last five games (2-1-2). Following today's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, Mar. 1, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), as they continue their three-game homestand.

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Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are tied for 24th with a 14-13-3 (31 pts) record at home; the Lightning rank 15th with a 15-11-3 (33 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers are 7-8-2 vs. the Southeast Division; the Lightning are 9-4-3 against the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist is 13-6-4 with a 2.11 goals against average and two shutouts in 23 career regular season games vs. Tampa Bay; Martin Biron is 10-7-2-0 with a 2.66 goals against average in 19 career regular-season contests vs. Tampa Bay.

* Chris Drury has recorded a team-high 12 goals and 21 points in 32 career games vs. Tampa Bay.

* New York lists three former Lightning on its roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2002-03 to 2006-07); Vinny Prospal (2001-02 to 2002-03, 2005-06 to 2007-08, 2008-09).

* Tampa Bay lists two former Rangers on its roster: Adam Hall (2006-07); Dominic Moore (2003-04 to 2005-06).

All Time – Rangers vs. Lightning
Overall: 37-28-5-5
At MSG: 21-12-2-3
At Tampa Bay: 16-16-3-2

2010-11 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay
Nov. 24 Rangers 3, Lightning 5 at Tampa
Dec. 23 Rangers 3, Lightning 4 (SO) at MSG
Jan. 1 Rangers 1, Lightning 2 (OT) at Tampa
Feb. 27 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 27 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
March 1 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
March 3 Rangers vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
March 4 Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
March 6 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.


* Derek Boogaard has missed 33 games with a shoulder injury.

* Alex Frolov has missed 20 games with a knee injury.

* Chris Drury has missed nine games with a knee injury.

* Marian Gaborik has missed two games with concussion-like symptoms.

* Marc Staal has missed one game with a knee injury.

* The Rangers have lost 240 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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