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The Rangers will begin a six-game homestand when they face-off against their Original Six rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their 2011-12 regular-season home opener. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 3-2-2 (8 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1, on Monday at MTS Centre, and have now won three of their last four games. New York completed a season-opening, seven-game road trip with a record of 3-2-2 (8 pts), including a 3-1-0 mark on their four-game Western Canada swing. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 5-2-1 (11 pts) record to rank third in the Eastern Conference, and have lost two of their last three games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m.), as they continue their six-game homestand. Download complete game notes >>
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Network. You can also catch the radio broadcast on AM 970 The Apple and on satellite radio at XM 214.Rangers vs. Maple Leafs Pregame Notes
* The Rangers are the only team in the NHL that has not skated in a home game yet this season; Toronto is tied for 23rd with a 1-2-0 (2 pts) mark on the road.
* The Rangers have not faced a Northeast Division opponent this season; the Maple Leafs are 0-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division.
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a 9-4-4 record with a 2.54 GAA and two shutouts in 17 career regular season contests vs. Toronto; Martin Biron
is 13-11-2-3 with a 2.69 GAA and one shutout in 31 career regular season games vs. the Maple Leafs.
* Brad Richards
leads the Rangers with 16 goals, 14 assists and 30 points in 30 career regular season contests vs. Toronto; Marian Gaborik
has tallied 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 11 games vs. the Maple Leafs, and Brandon Dubinsky
as recorded 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 15 games vs. Toronto.
* New York lists one former Maple Leaf on its roster: Kris Newbury
(2006-07 to 2008-09).
* Toronto lists one former Ranger on its roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 to 2008-09). All Time -- Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
At MSG: 127-109-56-3
At Toronto: 91-161-39-32010-11 Review -- Rangers vs. Toronto
Oct. 15 Rangers 3, Maple Leafs 4 (OT) at MSG
Oct. 21 Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 1 at Toronto
Oct. 30 Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 0 at Toronto
Jan. 19 Rangers 7, Maple Leafs 0 at MSG2011-12 Rangers vs. Toronto
Oct. 27 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at MSG
Dec. 5 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at MSG
Jan. 14 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at Toronto
March 24 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at TorontoUpcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Oct. 27 Rangers vs. Toronto at MSG, 7 p.m.
Oct. 29 Rangers vs. Ottawa at MSG, 3 p.m.
Oct. 31 Rangers vs. San Jose at MSG, 7 p.m.
Nov. 3 Rangers vs. Anaheim at MSG, 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 Rangers vs. Montreal at MSG, 7 p.m.Injuries
* Marc Staal
has missed seven games after being put on the Injured Reserve list on Oct. 5 due to a concussion.
* Michael Sauer
has missed five games with a shoulder injury, suffered on Oct. 8.
* The Rangers have lost 17 total man-game to injuries or illness this season.