GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators
The Rangers play the second of back-to-back home contests tonight against the Ottawa Senators (7:00 p.m.). The Rangers enter tonight's game having defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-1, last night at Madison Square Garden to improve their home record to 2-0-0. The game marked the sixth consecutive victory over the Capitals at MSG. With a record of 2-2-0, the Blueshirts are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division and rank ninth in the Eastern Conference with four points. The Senators, 5-1-0, are currently in first place in the Northeast Division with 10 points and have posted a road record of 2-0-0.
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. The radio broadcast can be heard on 1050 ESPN New York.
Rangers vs. Senators Pre-Game Notes:
* The Rangers are 2-0-0 at MSG this season; The Senators have posted an 2-0-0 record in two road contests.
* The last time the Rangers won their first three games at MSG was during the 2005-06 season, when the Blueshirts started the season 4-0-0 at home.
* Last season, the Rangers had a 10-3-2 record in the second game of back-to-back games.
* The last time the Rangers defeated Ottawa was on December 9, 2006 (3-1) and their last home victory was on February 8, 2006 (5-1).
* New York has posted a mark of 2-0-0 when Michal Rozsival and Martin Straka have recorded a goal this season.
* The Rangers finished with a record of 14-10-1 in games played on Saturday during the 2006-07 regular season.
* Jaromir Jagr has notched 34 goals and 39 assists for 73 points in 56 career contests vs. Ottawa; He needs one goal to reach 100 as a Ranger.
* Henrik Lundqvist enters tonight's contest ranked sixth in the NHL with a 1.76 goals against average and a .940 save percentage.
* Two Ranger players have recorded hat tricks vs. the Senators - Jaromir Jagr (twice), Nov. 2, 1996 (Tugnutt) and Nov. 26, 1999 (Lalime); Brendan Shanahan, Feb. 26, 1994 (Billington).
* The Rangers have sold out 77 consecutive regular season games; The last regular season non-sellout was October 31, 2005 vs. Montreal (17,697); New York sold-out individual game tickets for the 2007-08 season in less than one hour, which is believed to be the fastest season sell-out in team history; Tickets that were on-sale at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, completely sold out with the exception of an extremely limited number of single tickets.
* Ryan Hillier, the Rangers' third round pick (84th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has registered nine goals and five assists for 14 points, along with 12 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Halifax Moose of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL); The 19-year-old left wing is tied for first in the league in goals (nine) and his 14 points is tied for 10th overall.
* The Rangers have one former Senator on their roster; Martin Straka (1994-95 to 1995-96).
* The Senators roster lists no former Rangers; Head Coach John Paddock guided New York's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, to the Calder Cup in 2000; Assistant Coach, Ron Low, served as the Head Coach for the Rangers from 2000-2002.
All-Time - Rangers vs. Senators
At MSG: 19-19-5-0
At Ottawa: 22-14-7-1
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Senators
Oct. 6 Rangers 0, Senators 2 at Scotiabank Place
Oct. 13 Rangers vs. Senators at MSG
Dec. 1 Rangers vs. Senators at Scotiabank Place
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Senators at MSG
Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Oct. 13 Rangers vs. Ottawa 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 Rangers at Atlanta 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 Rangers at Boston 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
* Sean Avery suffered a grade-two shoulder separation of his left shoulder on October 6 and is out for four weeks.
* The Rangers have lost two manpower game to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:
The Wolf Pack fell to 0-1-0-1 on the young season last night, as they suffered a 5-4 shootout loss at Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate). The Pack trailed in the game, 3-0 and 4-1, but scored the last three goals of regulation to pull out the standings point. The Wolf Pack lost their season opener last Saturday, 3-2 to Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate), in front of a sellout crowd of 9,769 at the Hartford Civic Center. Ken Gernander's club continues a stretch of four straight road games tonight (7:30) at Syracuse (Columbus affiliate), then visits Hamilton (Montreal affiliate) next Saturday (7:00) and Toronto (Maple Leafs affiliate) on Sunday (4:00). Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:
Artem Anisimov Netted his first two North-American pro goals in Friday night’s shootout loss at Manchester, including the tying goal at 19:58 of the third period.
Alex Bourret chipped in three assists on Friday night night in Manchester.
Nigel Dawes registered his first two points of the season with a pair of assists in Friday night’s shootout loss at Manchester.
Greg Moore posted the first two-goal game of his pro career in Friday night’s shootout defeat at Manchester. He is the only Wolf Pack player to register at least a point in both of the first two games (2-1-3).
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