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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Toronto

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight’s Game
NYR VS. ”TOR"
The Rangers conclude their 13th and final back-to-back set tonight when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 36-33-10 (82 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, on Tuesday night at HSBC Arena, to finish their season-high six-game road trip with a 4-1-1 mark. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 29-37-14 (72 pts.) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference.  Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will close out their regular season home schedule on Friday, Apr. 9, when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a home-and-home set to close out their 2009-10 regular season schedule.

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Rangers vs. Maple Leafs Pre-Game Notes

* New York is tied for 29th in the NHL at home with a record of 16-17-6 (38 pts.) in 39 games; Toronto has posted a record of 11-20-8 (30 pts.) in 39 road games ranking 27th in the league.

* The Rangers have posted a record of 10-6-3 vs. the Northeast Division; the Maple Leafs have registered a 6-10-3 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 2-0-1 with a 1.99 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in three appearances vs. the Maple Leafs this season; Lundqvist is 6-4-3 with a 2.96 goals against average in 13 career regular season contests vs. Toronto.

* Brandon Dubinsky leads the Rangers with five points (two goals and three assists) in three games vs. Toronto this season; Sean Avery and Dan Girardi are tied with Dubinsky with a team-high two goals vs. the Maple Leafs, and Marian Gaborik, Wade Redden, Vinny Prospal and Michal Rozsival are tied with Dubinsky for the team lead with three assists in the season series.

* Wade Redden has tallied a team-high 31 assists and 43 points in 61 career regular season games vs. the Maple Leafs; Chris Drury leads the team with 14 goals in 38 career regular season contests vs. Toronto.

* New York lists one former Maple Leaf on its roster: Anders Eriksson (2001-02 to 2002-03).

* Toronto lists three former Rangers on their roster: Jamie Lundmark (2002-03 to 2005-06); Colton Orr (2005-06 - 2008-09); Fredrik Sjostrom (2007-08 - 2008-09)

All Time – Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
Overall: 214-270-95-5
At MSG: 125-109-56-2
At Toronto: 89-161-39-3

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Toronto
Oct. 12 Rangers 7, Maple Leafs 2 at MSG
Oct. 17 Rangers 4, Maple Leafs 1 at Toronto
March 27 Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) at Toronto
April 7 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
April 7 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
April 9 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
April 11 Rangers at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.

Injuries

* Brian Boyle has missed seven games with an injury suffered on March 23.

* Sean Avery has missed four games with an injury suffered on March 27.

* The Rangers have lost 72 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack (33-32-6-5, 77 pts.) head into the last week of the AHL regular season five points out of an Eastern-Conference playoff berth with four games to play.  The Pack have won their last two games, 6-1 at Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) Saturday and 5-2 Friday at home vs. Lowell (New Jersey affiliate), and five of their last seven, but now face a home-and-home series with Atlantic Division-leading Worcester (San Jose affiliate). The Wolf Pack and Sharks tangle tonight (7:00) at the XL Center in Hartford and Friday night (7:05) in Worcester. The Wolf Pack’s home-ice finale is Saturday (7:00) against Springfield, and then they wrap up the regular season Sunday (3:00) at Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate), which currently occupies the final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference.

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