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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Washington

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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NYR VS. WSH
Tonight's Game
The Rangers face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a three-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 11-8-1 (23 pts.). New York enter tonight's contest having defeated Ottawa, 2-1, on Saturday at Scotiabank Place in the Rangers first shootout of the season. Washington enter the contest with a 12-4-4 (28 pts.) record, and rank second in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, November 21, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their first of five games in eight days.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised nationally on Versus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 204.

Rangers vs. Capitals Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank second in the NHL in hits (535) and fourth in blocked shots (323).

* When leading after the first period, New York are 5-0-1; when leading after two, the Rangers have posted a league-best 9-0-0 mark.

* The Rangers are tied for 15th in the NHL at home with a record of 6-3-0 (12 pts.) in nine games; the Capitals have posted a record of 5-3-1 (11 pts.) in nine road games to rank ninth in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 1-1-0 vs. the Southeast Division; Washington has registered a 3-3-3 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-0-0 with a 3.00 goals against average in one appearance against Washington this season; Lundqvist is 9-3-2 with a 2.78 goals against average and one shutout in 14 career regular season contests vs. the Capitals.

* Vinny Prospal leads the Rangers with 10 goals, 27 assists and 37 points in 55 career regular season games against Washington; Wade Redden leads all Ranger defensemen with 21 assists and 27 points in 46 career appearences vs. the Capitals.

* New York lists one former Capital on its roster: Donald Brashear (2006-07 to 2008-09)/

* Washington lists three former Rangers on their roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 to 1999-00); Michael Nylander (2005-06 to 2006-07); and Tom Poti (2001-02 to 2005-06).

All Time – Rangers vs. Capitals
Overall: 80-80-18-5
At MSG: 45-34-9-2
At Washington: 35-46-9-3

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Washington
Oct. 8 Rangers 4, Capitals 3 at Washington
Nov. 17 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG
Feb. 4 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG
March 6 Rangers vs. Capitals at Washington

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Nov. 17 Rangers vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 Rangers vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 Rangers vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Injuries

* Chris Drury has missed two games with an injury, suffered on Nov. 7.

* Brandon Dubinsky has missed two games with an injury, suffered on Nov. 7.

* The Rangers have lost 21 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack are a season-best three games over .500 (10-7-0-0, 20 pts.), after back-to-back shutout wins over Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate) and Worcester (San Jose affiliate) on Friday and Saturday. The Pack lost a 2-1 decision in Manchester Wednesday, but then bounced back to blank the division-leading Monarchs 2-0 in Hartford on Friday. Then in Worcester on Saturday, Ken Gernander’s club posted a 4-0 triumph over the Sharks.  Since starting the season 2-5-0-0 in their first seven games, the Wolf Pack have won eight of their last 10 games, including six of the last seven. The Pack play on home ice both Wednesday  night and Thursday (both 7:00 starts), vs. Binghamton (Ottawa affiliate) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Pittsburgh affiliate) respectively. The team then travels to Syracuse (Columbus affiliate) on Saturday for a 7:30 game.
 
For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
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