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The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals today at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), to conclude a back-to-back weekend set. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 35-13-5 (75 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center for their sixth win in eight games, and are now 18-5-1 in their last 24 contests. New York has posted a record of 32-10-3 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Capitals enter the contest with a 28-21-5 (61 pts) record to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost seven of their last 11 games. Following today's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at TD Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four days. Download complete game notes >>
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Tonight's game will be televised nationally on NBC. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 212.Rangers vs. Capitals Pregame Notes
* The Rangers have won four of their last five meetings with the Capitals, having outscored Washington, 22-8, over the span.
* New York ranks eighth with a 17-6-2 (36 pts) record at home; Washington ranks 26th with a 9-14-3 (21 pts) mark on the road.
* The Rangers are 11-2-1 vs. the Southeast Division; the Capitals are 5-5-3 vs. the Atlantic Division.
* The Rangers list one former Capital on their 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
At MSG: 46-36-9-2
At Washington: 38-48-9-32011-12 Rangers vs. Washington
Nov. 23 Rangers 6, Capitals 3 at Washington
Dec. 28 Rangers 1, Capitals 4 at Washington
Feb. 12 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG
April 7 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSGUpcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 12 Rangers vs. Washington, 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 Rangers at Boston, 7 p.m.
Feb. 16 Rangers vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
Feb. 19 Rangers vs. Columbus, 8 p.m.
Feb. 21 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.Injuries
* Michael Sauer
has missed 29 games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.
* Ruslan Fedotenko
has missed one game due to an injury suffered on Feb. 9.
* The Rangers have lost 166 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.