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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Washington

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
NYR VS. WSH
The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight, Nov. 9, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), as they continue their four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 7-6-1 (15 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 2-0, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 3-2-0 in their last five contests. The Capitals enter the contest with a 10-4-0 (20 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have won each of their last four games. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will continue their longest homestand of the season when they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, Nov. 11, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), before hosting the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, Nov. 14 (12:30 p.m.), to close out the homestand.

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Tonight’s game will be televised nationally on Versus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on AM 970 The Apple and on satellite radio at XM 205.

Rangers vs. Washington Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers notched six goals in 17 power play opportunities (35.3%) in four games vs. the Capitals in 2009-10, which were the most by New York against any team last season.

* New York ranks 26th in the NHL at home with a record of 2-4-1 (5 pts) in seven games; Washington has posted a record of 3-3-0 (6 pts) in six road games tying for 19th in the league.

* The Rangers have posted a record of 0-2-0 vs. the Southeast Division; the Capitals have registered a 3-0-0 mark vs. Atlantic Division opponents.

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 1-2-0 with a 4.05 goals against average and .859 save percentage in three contests vs. Washington last season, and is now 9-5-2 with a 3.00 goals against average and one shutout in 16 career regular season games vs. the Capitals.

* Ryan Callahan registered two goals and three points in four games vs. Washington last season, while Artem Anisimov, Michael Del Zotto and Marc Staal each tallied two assists in the season series.

* Alex Frolov has posted 10 points (four goals, six assists) in eight career regular season contests vs. Washington for a 1.25 points per game average, which is his highest against any team.

* Sean Avery has recorded eight points (five goals, three assists) in 10 career regular season games vs. the Capitals; Todd White has registered 15 assists and 23 points in 28 career regular season contests vs. Washington.

* New York lists one former Capital on its roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 to 2007-08).

* Washington lists two former Rangers on its roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 to 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 to 2005-06).

All Time -- Rangers vs. Capitals
Overall: 80-82-18-5
At MSG: 45-35-9-2
At Washington: 35-47-9-3

2009-10 Review -- Rangers vs. Washington
Oct. 8 Rangers 4, Capitals 3 at Washington
Nov. 17 Rangers 2, Capitals 4 at MSG
Feb. 4 Rangers 5, Capitals 6 at MSG
March 6 Rangers 0, Capitals 2 at Washington

2010-11 Rangers vs. Washington
Nov. 9 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG
Dec. 12 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG
Jan. 24 Rangers vs. Capitals at Washington
Feb. 25 Rangers vs. Capitals at Washington

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Nov. 9 Rangers vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 11 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Nov. 14 Rangers vs. Edmonton, 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Nov. 17 Rangers vs. Boston, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* Vinny Prospal has missed 14 games with a knee injury.

* Chris Drury has missed 11 games with a broken finger.

* Marian Gaborik has missed 11 games with a shoulder injury

* The Rangers have lost 42 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.
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