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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 their 2010-11 regular-season home opener. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 1-1-0 (2 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the New York Islanders, 6-4, on Monday at Nassau Coliseum. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 3-0-0 (6 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers return to action on Monday, Oct. 18, when they will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their first match-up against a Western Conference opponent this season.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight’s game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on AM 970 The Apple and on satellite radio at XM 206.

Rangers vs. Maple Leafs Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers have posted a record of 1-0-0 vs. the Northeast Division; the Maple Leafs have registered a 1-0-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 3-0-1 with a 1.74 goals against average in four appearances vs. the Maple Leafs last season; Lundqvist is7-4-3 with a 2.81 goals against average in 14 career regular season contests vs. Toronto.

* Brandon Dubinsky led the Rangers with five assists and seven points in four games vs. the Maple Leafs last season, and tied Sean Avery, Erik Christensen and Dan Girardi for the team-high with two goals in the season series.

* Chris Drury has tallied a team-high, 14 goals and 29 points in 39 career regular season contests vs. Toronto.

* New York lists no former Maple Leafs on its roster.

* Toronto lists two former Rangers on its roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 to 2008-09); Fredrik Sjostrom (2007-08 to 2008-09).

All Time – Rangers vs. Toronto
Overall: 215-270-95-5
At MSG: 126-109-56-2
At Toronto: 89-161-39-3

2009-10 Review -- 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 5, Maple Leafs 1 at MSG

2010-11 Rangers vs. Toronto
Oct. 15 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at MSG
Oct. 21 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at Toronto
Oct. 30 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at Toronto
Jan. 19 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Oct. 15 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 Rangers vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 Rangers at Boston, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.


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

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

The Wolf Pack opened their 2010-11 season by splitting a pair of home games this past weekend. In the season opener Saturday, Ken Gernander’s club, buoyed by a 2/6 performance on the power play, scored a 4-2 victory over the new Charlotte Checkers (Carolina affiliate), in the Checkers’ first-ever AHL game. A poor first period cost the Wolf Pack on Sunday against Worcester (San Jose affiliate) though, as the Sharks built a 3-0 lead in the opening frame and then held off a Pack comeback to win a 4-3 decision. Hartford hits the road for the first time this weekend, starting a three-games-in-three-days stretch tonight (7:00) with a visit to Albany (New Jersey affiliate) to take on the Devils. Tomorrow night (7:00) the Wolf Pack are in Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate), and they wrap up the weekend with a 4:05 PM visit to Providence (Boston affiliate) on Sunday.

Individual player highlights included:

* Chad Johnson earned Second-Star honors in the Wolf Pack’s season-opening win vs. Charlotte Saturday, stopping 24 of 26 shots.

* Kris Newbury had two assists Saturday in the Pack’s 4-2 win over Charlotte, and is tied for the team lead in helpers with three.

* Wade Redden notched a pair of assists Saturday in his first career minor-pro game, and has three assists in two games, tied for the team lead.

*Jeremy Williams netted game-winning PPG in Saturday’s victory over Charlotte, good for First-Star honors

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