GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. Washington Capitals
The Rangers skate against the Washington Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.) as they continue their six-game homestand. The Blueshirts have posted an 2-1-0 record through the first three games of the stretch, having defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1, Monday night. New York, 4-6-1, is currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division and ranks 12th in the Eastern Conference with nine points. At home, the Rangers have posted an 4-2-0 record, and have won 12 of their last 15 games at MSG, dating back to a 3-2 shootout win vs. the St. Louis Blues on March 3, 2007. The Capitals enter tonight's contest having defeated the Maple Leafs, 7-1, Monday night at Toronto. At 5-6-0, Washington currently ranks 11th in the Eastern Conference with 10 points.
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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised by MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York.
Rangers vs. Capitals Pre-Game Notes:
* The Rangers are 4-2-0 at MSG, including a 12-3-0 record in their last 15 at home dating back to a 3-2 shootout win vs. the St. Louis Blues on March 3, 2007; The Capitals have posted a 3-3-0 record in six road contests.
* The Rangers are 3-1-0 against the Southeast Division this season; The Capitals are 1-3-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
* New York has won each of its last six games vs. Washington at MSG.
* In the last seven games vs. the Capitals, Jaromir Jagr has registered 12 points (two goals and 10 assists) and Martin Straka has collected 10 points (four goals and six assists).
* In the first game of the season series, Jagr recorded a season-high, three assists and Michal Rozsival, Scott Gomez and Martin Straka (game-winner) each tallied one goal apiece.
* In one game vs. the Caps this season, the Rangers have tallied three goals in eight power play opportunities (37.5%) and have surrendered one goal in four times shorthanded (75.0%); Over the last five games, New York's penalty kill has clicked at a 95.7 percent rate, yielding only one goal in the last 23 times shorthanded.
* The Blueshirts registered a season-high, 41 shots on goal against the Capitals in their first meeting of the season, outshooting Washington, 41-25.
* New York has posted a 2-1-0 record on Thursdays this season.
* Brendan Shanahan is one point shy of 1,300 for his career, having notched 629 goals and 670 assists for 1,299 points in 1,428 games; He leads all active players in goals (629) and is second only to Jaromir Jagr in game-winning goals with 105 (Jagr - 108).
* Jagr has notched nine points (one goal and eight assists) in four games vs. the Southeast Division this season.
* Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of 11 contests this season; He currently ranks fifth in the NHL in goals against average (1.82) and sixth with a .930 save percentage, and is tied for second in shutouts (two).
* In the last two games, Shanahan (one goal and two assists) and Nigel Dawes (three goals) have registered three points each.
* Jagr (two goals and one assist) and Michal Rozsival (two assists) both enter tonight's contest with points in each of the last two contests.
* Eric Hunter, the Rangers' third round pick (77th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, has registered seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in eight games with the University of Alberta Golden Bears of the Canadian Interuniversity Sports League (CIS) this season; The first-year player ranks first in the CIS Canada West in goals (seven) and points (14), and is tied for sixth overall in assists (seven).
* The Rangers have one former Capital on their roster; Jagr (2001-02 to 2003-04).
* The Capitals roster lists two former Rangers; Michael Nylander (2005-06 to 2006-07) and Tom Poti (2001-02 to 2005-06).
All-Time - Rangers vs. Capitals
At MSG: 43-34-9-1
At Washington: 34-44-9-1
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Capitals
Oct. 12 Rangers 3, Capitals 1 at MSG
Nov. 1 Rangers vs. Capitals at MSG
Dec. 12 Rangers vs. Capitals at Verizon Center
Feb. 10 Rangers vs. Capitals at Verizon Center
Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Nov. 1 Rangers vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Nov. 3 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Nov. 8 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 2-2-1
Last 10 NYR games: 3-6-1
* Sean Avery suffered a grade-two shoulder separation of his left shoulder on Oct. 6.
* Martin Straka suffered a broken finger on Oct. 20.
* Ryan Callahan suffered a grade-two knee sprain on Oct. 23.
* The Rangers have lost 18 manpower games to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:
The Wolf Pack start their first three-game weekend of the season tomorrow night (7:00), as they entertain Worcester (San Jose affililate). The Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs affililate) visit the Hartford Civic Center on Saturday night (7:00), and the Pack travel to Manchester (Los Angeles affililate) on Sunday (4:05). Ken Gernander’s club is riding its first winning streak of the young season, and is above .500 for the first time, after a 2-1 win at Worcester Saturday night. That came on the heels of the Pack’s first home victory in three tries on the year, a 2-1 shootout triumph Friday over the Springfield Falcons (Edmonton affililate). Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:
Ivan Baranka netted a SHG, for the Pack’s only goal in regulation or overtime, in Friday night’s shootout victory over Springfield.
Brodie Dupont has a three-game point-scoring streak (1-2-3).
Chris Holt has won back-to-back games for the Wolf Pack, after making 25 saves and earning Third-Star honors in Saturday’s 2-1 victory in Worcester. Posted his first AHL win of the season Friday night vs. Springfield, after entering the game at the start of the third period in relief of Al Montoya. Stopped six out of seven shots in the third, and all three shootout attempts he faced.
Greg Moore was named the First Star of both of the Wolf Pack’s last two wins. Notched GWG with 0:58 remaining in the second period Saturday in Worcester and bagged shootout-ending goal, and had an assist, Friday, in the Pack’s 2-1 shootout triumph at home over Springfield. Has at least a point in five straight games (2-4-6).
Pierre Parenteau tallied his third goal in five games with the Wolf Pack Saturday night at Worcester.
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