GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
The Rangers face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). At 7-7-1, the Blueshirts are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference with 15 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having lost to the New York Islanders, 3-2, on Tuesday at Long Island, and will be playing in their fifth game in the last eight days. New York has registered at least one point in five of the last seven games, posting an 5-2-0 record over the span. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will begin a four-game road trip when they travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Penguins, 7-7-1, are currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with 15 points and have lost two of three road games this month.
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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised by MSG, which also features seven hours of Mark Messier highlights from noon-7 p.m., leading up to the game. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York.
Rangers vs. Penguins Pre-Game Notes:
* The Rangers are 7-2-0 in nine games at MSG this season; Pittsburgh has posted an 4-3-0 record in seven road contests.
* New York is 3-3-0 against the Atlantic Division this season; Pittsburgh is 2-3-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
* The Blueshirts have won five of the last seven (5-1-1) meetings with the Penguins at MSG.
* The Rangers power play has clicked for six goals in the last 30 attempts (20.0%) over the last seven games.
* The Rangers have surrendered only two goals in 36 times shorthanded (94.4%) over the last nine contests.
* New York has outscored opponents, 14-6, during the third period this season.
* The Blueshirts are 3-1-0 on Thursday this season.
* In their first meeting of the season, Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 21 of 22 shots for a .955 save percentage.
* Brendan Shanahan has registered 47 points (26 goals and 21 assists) in 52 career games vs. Pittsburgh; Jaromir Jagr has tallied 29 points (15 goals and 14 assists) in 29 career contests vs. the Penguins; In 20 career games vs. Pittsburgh, Chris Drury has registered 19 points (eight goals and 11 assists); Scott Gomez has collected 28 assists and 34 points (six goals) in 43 regular season meetings with the Penguins.
* Gomez enters tonight's contest riding a four-game scoring streak, registering one goal and three assists over the span; Jagr has tallied at least one assist in each of his last two contests (one goal and two assists).
* Fedor Tyutin needs one point to reach 50 points for his career (11 goals and 38 assists).
* Marcel Hossa has registered a plus or even rating in each of his 11 games this season, posting a plus-two rating over the span.
* Max Campbell, the Rangers' fifth round selection (138th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has registered two goals and five assists for seven points in six games with the Western Michigan University Broncos of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season; The freshman is tied for third in scoring (seven points) among first year players and is ranked second in points per game average (1.17 points per game).
* The Rangers have three former Penguins on their roster; Jagr (1990-91 to 2000-01), Michal Rozsival (1999-00 to 2002-03) and Martin Straka (1992-93 to 1994-95 and 1997-98 to 2003-04).
* The Penguins roster lists one former Ranger; Petr Sykora (2005-06).
All-Time - Rangers vs. Penguins
At MSG: 56-43-9-1
At Pittsburgh: 46-44-14-5
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Penguins
Oct. 23 Rangers 0 vs. Penguins 1 at Mellon Arena
Nov. 8 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Nov. 17 Rangers vs. Penguins at Mellon Arena
Dec. 18 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Jan. 14 Rangers vs. Penguins at Mellon Arena
March 18 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
March 30 Rangers vs. Penguins at Mellon Arena
March 31 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Nov. 8 Ranges vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Nov. 10 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Nov. 14 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Nov. 17 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 4-1-0
Last 10 NYR games: 5-4-1
* 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 Nov. 1 vs. Washington.
* The Rangers have lost 30 manpower games to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack get back into action on Friday night (7:05), as they begin another three-game weekend, traveling to Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate). The Pack host Albany (Carolina affiliate) Saturday (7:00) and visit Portland (Anaheim) on Sunday (4:05). The Wolf Pack have lost back-to-back games for the first time on the season, after dropping a 2-1 decision at Manchester Sunday. The Pack had a three-game winning streak snapped Saturday night, by a 5-2 home defeat at the hands of the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs affiliate), following a 4-3 victory at home Friday over Worcester (San Jose affiliate).
For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.