GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils
Saturday, 11.03.2007 / 12:32 PM / News
New York Rangers
The Rangers take on their division rivals, the New Jersey Devils, tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.) as they look to extend their home winning streak to three games. The Blueshirts have won three of the last four contests following Thursday's 2-0 win over the Capitals, and are now 3-1-0 through four games of their six-game homestand. New York, 5-6-1, is currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division and ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference with 11 points. At home, the Rangers have posted a record of 5-2-0. The Devils enter tonight's contest having defeated the Maple Leafs, 3-2, last night at New Jersey. At 5-6-1, New Jersey currently ranks fifth in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference with 11 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. Devils Pre-Game Notes:
* The Rangers are 5-2-0 at MSG this season; New Jersey has posted an 3-5-1 record in nine road contests.
* New York is 1-2-0 against Atlantic Division opponents; New Jersey is 1-2-1 vs. the Division.
In the last nine games vs. the Devils at MSG, the Blueshirts are 6-2-1 dating back to a 4-1 win on October 13, 2005.
* In the last matchup vs. New Jersey on October 25, the Rangers tallied one goal in four power play opportunities and did not allow a goal in four times shorthanded.
* The Rangers penalty kill has not allowed a goal in their last 16 times shorthanded, and are 26 for 27 over the last six matches (96.3%); New York's power play has clicked for four goals in their last 17 opportunities (23.5%) over the last four contests.
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 6-2-3 record, along with a 1.60 goals against average and one shutout in 11 career regular season games vs. the Devils.
* Nigel Dawes notched his first career, multiple-goal game and Brandon Dubinsky registered his first career NHL point in the first meeting with New Jersey this season.
* Lundqvist recorded his 10th career shutout in his 131st start on Thursday vs. Washington, becoming the third fastest to reach the mark in franchise history (1. G. Villemure - 102 starts; 2. E. Giacomin - 110 starts); On the season, he has posted an 5-2-0 record, along with a 1.44 goals against average, .946 save percentage and two shutouts in seven games at MSG.
* The Rangers are 4-1-0 when Brendan Shanahan or Chris Drury register a one point; When Michal Rozsival notches a goal, the Blueshirts are 3-0-0.
* In five wins this season, Jaromir Jagr (seven assists) and Drury (two goals and five assists) have seven points apiece, and Brendan Shanahan has notched two goals and four assists for six points; Dawes has tallied three goals in the three wins he has skated in with the Rangers.
* Rozsival enters tonight's contest riding a three-game scoring streak (one goal and two assists); Shanahan (two goals and two assists) and Chris Drury (one goal and two assists) have registered a point in each of the last two contests, and Shanahan has registered five points (two goals and three assists) in the last four games.
* Pierre Parenteau, acquired from Chicago on October 11, has registered three goals and one assist for four points in six games with Hartford this season; The Hull, Quebec native skated in 68 AHL matches with the Portland Pirates and Norfolk Admirals last season, finishing tied for ninth in the league in scoring with 79 points (30 goals and 49 assists).
* The Rangers have two former Devils on their roster; Scott Gomez (1999-00 to 2006-07) and BShanahan (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: 46-26-20-1
At New Jersey: 36-49-7-2
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Devils
Oct. 25 Rangers 2, Devils 0 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
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 Ranges vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Nov. 10 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-2-0
Last 10 NYR games: 4-5-1
* 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.
* Marek Malik suffered bruised ribs/back on Thursday vs. Washington.
* The Rangers have lost 21 manpower games to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:
The Wolf Pack stretched their first winning streak of the season to three games on Friday night, as they downed the Worcester Sharks (San Jose affiliate) by a score of 4-3 at the Hartford Civic Center. That marked the Pack’s second consecutive home win, after they lost their first two home outings of the season. The Wolf Pack continue their first three-game weekend of the campaign tonight (7:00), with a home contest against the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs affiliate), and the Pack travel to Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate) on Sunday (4:05). Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:
Ivan Baranka earned Second-Star honors in Friday evening's win over Worcester, with two assists and a plus-3. He netted a SHG, for the Pack's only goal in regulation or overtime, in last Friday night's shootout victory over Springfield.
Alex Bourret bagged the GWG with 6:17 remaining in Friday night's third period, garnering Third-Star honors in the Wolf Pack's 4-3 win over Worcester.
Chris Holt registered his third straight victory on Friday night, with 20 saves in the Pack's 4-3 home triumph over Worcester. Made 25 saves and earned Third-Star honors in last Saturday's 2-1 victory in Worcester.
Lauri Korpikoski chipped in two assists on Friday night in the Wolf Pack's win vs. Worcester.
Tom Pyatt netted the first two goals of his pro career, and added an assist, in Friday night's triumph over Worcester, good for First-Star honors.
For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.