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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Toronto

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
The Rangers face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to back home set. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 4-1-0 (eight pts.). New York enter tonight's contest having defeated Anaheim, 3-0, last night at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to four games. The Rangers now have four wins through five games, marking the second time (2008-09, 5-0-0) the team has accomplished the feat since 1989-90 (4-1-0). Toronto enters the contest with a 0-3-1 (one pt.) record, and rank 15th in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four nights at MSG.

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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on WBBR (AM 1130) and on satellite radio at XM 204.

Rangers vs. Maple Leafs Pre-Game Notes

* New York enters the contest riding a six-game home winning streak dating back to last season, and are 10-1-0 in their last 11 regular-season games at MSG.

* The Rangers tallied two power play goals in last night's 3-0 win against Anaheim, and have converted five of their last 14 chances (35.7%) with the man advantage over the last three games.

* Artem Anisimov tallied his first career NHL goal in last night's 3-0 win vs. Anaheim

* New York has posted a record of 31-16-8 vs. Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including 8-6-2 against Toronto

* The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL at home with a record of 2-0-0 (four pts.) in two games; the Maple Leafs have posted a record of 0-1-0 in one road game tying for 24th in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 1-0-0 vs. the Northeast Division; Toronto have registered a 0-1-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-0-2 with a 1.89 goals against average in two appearances against Toronto last season; Lundqvist is 4-4-2 with a 3.26 goals against average in 10 career regular season contests vs. the Maple Leafs.

* Wade Redden leads the Rangers with 28 assists and 39 points in 58 career regular season games against Toronto; Chris Drury has tallied 14 goals in 35 career regular season contests vs. the Maple Leafs.

* Christopher Higgins made his NHL debut against Toronto on Oct. 11, 2003

* New York lists no former Maple Leafs on its roster

* Toronto lists one former Ranger on its roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 to 2008-09)

All Time – Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
Overall: 212-270-95-4
At MSG: 124-109-56-2
At Toronto: 88-161-39-2

2008-09 Series Recap
New York were 1-1-2 against Toronto in 2008-09, including a 1-0-1 record at MSG. Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival led the team with three points (one goal and two assists) in the season series against the Maple Leafs.

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Toronto
Oct. 12 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at MSG
Oct. 17 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at Toronto
March 27 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at Toronto
April 7 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Oct. 12 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Rangers vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 Rangers vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.


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* The Rangers have lost 4 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack evened their season record at 2-2-0-0, and posted their first road triumph in three tries, on Sunday, as they defeated the Providence Bruins (Boston affiliate) 3-2 in Providence. That was the last of three games in three days, following the Pack’s first victory of the season Saturday night, a 7-3 decision over Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) in the Wolf Pack’s home opener. The Pack were 4-for-11 on the power play in the game, which came on the heels of 5-3 road losses in Providence on Friday and Binghamton (Ottawa affiliate) last Saturday.  Head Coach Ken Gernander’s club is now off until Friday night (7:05), when they travel to Portland (Buffalo affiliate).

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