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The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in Game Four of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up. The Blueshirts defeated the Capitals, 3-2, in Game Three on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and now trail 2-1 in the series. New York has advanced when trailing in a series, 2-1, seven times before, including a comeback from a 2-0 deficit in their 1996 Quarterfinal series vs. Montreal (won series, 4-2). The Rangers enter tonight's contest with a 198-214-8 record all-time in 420 playoff contests, including a 110-82-2 mark at home. New York has posted a 39-28 record all-time in Game Fours of playoff series, including a 5-0 mark in Game Four since 2007.
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 205.Rangers vs. Capitals Pregame Notes
* The Rangers posted a 3-1-0 record vs. the Capitals during the 2010-11 regular season, including a 2-0-0 mark at Verizon Center. New York out-scored Washington, 18-6, led by Brian Boyle
's seven points (three goals, four assists). The Rangers held the Capitals to one goal or less three times, including two shutouts by Henrik Lundqvist
* Over the last two seasons, the Blueshirts have tallied 10 power play goals in 30 opportunities (33.3%) in their last eight regular season games vs. Washington, including six goals in 17 power play attempts (35.3%) in four games in 2009-10.
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a 4-6 record with a 2.61 GAA and one shutout in 10 career playoff contests vs. Washington.
* Vinny Prospal leads the Rangers with seven goals, eight assists and 15 points in 17 career playoff 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). Rangers vs. Capitals Playoff History
The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time overall and the second time in three years. Their last postseason encounter was an Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in 2009, won by Washington 4-3. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 2-3 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 15-17 mark in 32 postseason contests. All Time Regular Season -- Rangers vs. Capitals
At MSG: 46-36-9-2
At Washington: 37-47-9-32010-11 Rangers vs. Washington
Nov. 9 Rangers 3, Capitals 5 at MSG
Dec. 12 Rangers 7, Capitals 0 at MSG
Jan. 24 Rangers 2, Capitals 1 (SO) at Washington
Feb. 25 Rangers 6, Capitals 0 at WashingtonRangers-Capitals Series Schedule
April 13 Rangers 1, Capitals 2 (OT) at Washington
April 15 Rangers 0, Washington 2 at Washington
April 17 Rangers 3, Washington 2 at MSG
April 20 Rangers vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
April 23 Rangers at Washington, 3 p.m.*
April 25 Rangers vs. Washington, TBD*
April 27 Rangers at Washington, TBD** -- if necessary
* Derek Boogaard has missed 52 regular-season games and 3 playoff games with a shoulder injury.
* Alex Frolov has missed 39 regular-season games 3 playoff games with a knee injury.
* Martin Biron
has missed 18 regular-season games and 3 playoff games with a fractured collarbone.
* Ryan Callahan
has missed two regular-season games and 3 playoff games with a fractured ankle.
* The Rangers lost 327 total man-games to injuries or illness duriung the regular season and 12 total man-games during the postseason.