GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils
The Rangers begin a six-game homestand when they face off against the New Jersey Devils tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The homestand is the longest of the season for the Blueshirts, who are currently 2-1-0 at home this season. Overall, New York enters tonight's contest with a record of 2-5-1 and are in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with five points. The Rangers closed out a three-game road trip with a 1-0 loss in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Devils, 3-4-1, are currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with seven points and are closing out a nine-game road trip to start the season.
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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised by MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on Radio Disney (1560 AM).
Rangers vs. Devils Pre-Game Notes:
* The Rangers are 2-1-0 at MSG this season; The Devils have posted an 3-4-1 record in eight road contests.
* New York's longest homestand last season was six games, posting a record of 3-1-2; The Rangers have never finished a six-game or longer homestand with a sub-.500 winning percentage.
* The Rangers had eight former draft picks in the roster Tuesday night at Pittsburgh, which is the most in a game since they dressed eight on January 8, 2001 in a 2-1 loss to Dallas at MSG.
* Since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Rangers have won five out of the last eight regular season games vs. New Jersey at MSG (5-2-1).
* Last season, the Blueshirts held the Devils scoreless on 31 of their 36 power play opportunities (86.1%); New York currently ranks seventh in the NHL with an 87.2 penalty killing percentage (34-39).
* Three of the eight meetings between the Rangers and the Devils last season ended in the shootout - January 2: Rangers 3, Devils 2 (Hossa); February 6: Rangers 2, Devils 3 (Gionta); February 22: Rangers 2, Devils 3 (Langenbrunner).
* In last year's season series, Jaromir Jagr led the Rangers with seven points (three goals and four assists) in eight games and Petr Prucha led the team with four goals; Jamie Langenbrunner finished with nine points (three goals and six assists) in eight games and Zach Parise notched four goals to lead the Devils.
* Henrik Lundqvist posted a 3-2-2 record vs. the Devils last season, along with a 1.80 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.
* Martin Brodeur has appeared in 68 of the last 70 games for New Jersey against the Rangers, dating back to December 26, 1993 when the Rangers defeated the Devils 8-3.
* Lundqvist has surrendered two goals or fewer in six of eight games to start the season and has posted a 2.00 goals against average along with a .927 save percentage over the span.
* Tomas Zaborsky, the Rangers' fifth round pick (137th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has registered four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 12 games with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season; He is tied for third on the team with 13 points.
* The Rangers have two former Devils on their roster; Scott Gomez (1999-00 to 2006-07) and Brendan Shanahan (1987-88 to 1990-91).
* The Devils roster lists two former Rangers; Karel Rachunek (2003-04, 2006-07) and Kevin Weekes (2005-06 to 2006-07).
All-Time - Rangers vs. Devils
At MSG: 45-26-20-1
At New Jersey: 36-49-7-2
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Devils
Oct. 25 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
Nov. 3 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
Nov. 14 Rangers vs. Devils at The Prudential Center
Dec. 9 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
Feb. 1 Rangers vs. Devils at The Prudential Center
March 19 Rangers vs. Devils at The Prudential Center
March 27 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
April 6 Rangers vs. Devils at The Prudential Center
Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Oct. 25 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Oct. 29 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 Rangers vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Nov. 3 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 1-3-1
Last 10 NYR games: 2-5-1
* Sean Avery suffered a grade-two shoulder separation of his left shoulder on Oct. 6 and is out indefinitely.
* Martin Straka suffered a broken finger on Oct. 20 and is out indefinitely.
* Ryan Callahan suffered a grade-two knee sprain on October 23 and is out indefinitely.
* The Rangers have lost nine manpower games to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:
The Wolf Pack’s home record dropped to 0-2-0-0 on Wednesday night, as they dropped a 4-3 decision to Providence (Boston affiliate) at the Hartford Civic Center. That was after the Pack finished off a season-high stretch of four straight road games with a split of a two-game trip to the Province of Ontario, downing Toronto (Maple Leafs affiliate) 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday after a 2-1 loss at defending Calder Cup-champion Hamilton (Montreal affiliate) Saturday night. The Wolf Pack led last night’s game 1-0 and 3-1, only to see the Bruins score the final three goals of the contest to pull out the victory. Providence outshot the Pack in the game by a margin of 30-17, including 11-3 in the third period. Ken Gernander’s club is back in action at home tomorrow night (7:00) against Springfield (Edmonton affiliate), and then travels to 4-0-0-0 Worcester (San Jose affiliate) Saturday evening (7:05). Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:
Ivan Baranka otched his first goal of the season (PPG) Sunday in Toronto, in the Wolf Pack’s 4-3 shootout win over the Marlies.
Dane Byers scored his second goal of the season on Wednesday night in the Wolf Pack’s 4-3 defeat to Providence. Registered an assist and had the deciding goal in the shootout, on his first pro shootout attempt, Sunday at Toronto.
Brodie Dupont scored his first pro goal, which was also the Wolf Pack’s first shorthanded goal of the season, and the first goal of the game, on Wednesday night vs. Providence.
Greg Moore earned Second-Star honors in Wednesday night’s home loss to Providence, with two assists, after scoring the third-period tying goal Sunday in Toronto, in the Wolf Pack’s 4-3 shootout win.
Pierre Parenteau tallied for the second straight game on Wednesday night against Providence, after notching his first goal in a Wolf Pack uniform in Sunday’s victory at Toronto (Second Star).
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