GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. New York Islanders
The Rangers return home tonight to take on the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.) after completing a four-game sweep on their road trip. New York currently sit atop the Atlantic Division standings and rank third in the Eastern Conference with 25 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, in overtime Saturday at Mellon Arena and are now 9-1-0 in their last 10 games and 10-2-0 in their last 12. In their last 10 games, the Blueshirts have posted the league's best record outscoring opponents 30 to 17 and holding the opposition to a 1.65 goals against average. The Islanders, 10-6-0, are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division with 20 points and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, having won five of seven games in the month of November.
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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. Islanders Pre-Game Notes:
* The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games and 10 of their last 12 after opening the season 2-5-1
* The Rangers are 8-2-0 at MSG this season; The Islanders have posted a 3-4-0 record in seven road contests.
* The Rangers are 7-3-0 against the Atlantic Division this season; The Isles are 6-3-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
* The Blueshirts have allowed three power play goals in their last 46 times shorthanded (13 games); The Rangers have yielded a goal in nine of the last 12 games (41 of 44 - 93.2%).
* On the power play, New York has registered a goal in seven of the last 10 games (9 of 50, 18.0%).
* With his goal in Wednesday's 4-2 win at New Jersey, Jaromir Jagr became the first player in NHL history to score in 53 different venues.
* Michal Rozsival (two goals), Dan Girardi and Jason Strudwick combined for four goals in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win at Pittsburgh, marking the first time Blueshirts' defensemen tallied four or more goals in a game since a 6-4 loss at Detroit on December 17, 1993 (Brian Leetch - 2, Kevin Lowe and Sergei Zubov).
* In his last 11 games, Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 9-2-0 record, along with a 1.62 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and three shutouts; He is also 2-0 in the shootout during the stretch, stopping all six shots faced in the extra sessions.
* The Rangers have posted a record of 5-0-0 when Michal Rozsival scores a goal; When Jagr registers two or more points, the Blueshirts are 5-1-0.
* Scott Gomez enters tonight's contest with a nine game scoring streak, registering two goals and 10 assists for 12 points and a plus-two rating over the span, while also posting a seven game assist streak (nine assists). The Rangers have posted an 8-1-0 record during the stretch.
* The Rangers are 7-1-0 in eight games following Sean Avery's return to the lineup from a shoulder injury; The forward
has tallied two goals and six assists for eight points, along with a plus-two rating and 20 penalty minutes over the span.
* Jagr is the all-time leading scorer vs. the Islanders, having collected 134 points (55 goals and 79 assists) in 85 career games; Martin Straka has registered 56 points (18 goals and 38 assists) in 58 career games vs. the Islanders; Brendan Shanahan has registered 53 points (24 goals and 29 assists) and 110 penalty minutes in 60 career matches vs. the Isles.
* Alexei Cherepanov, the Rangers' first round selection (17th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, represented his native country of Russia in the U20 Four-Nation Tournament at Vaasa, Finland, from November 8 to November 10; The 18-year old forward led his team with two goals and three points (two goals and one assist) in three games, and his three points were tied for fourth overall in the tournament; Russia finished second with a record of 2-1-0 (1st - Finland, 3rd - Sweden, 4th - Czech Republic).
* The Rangers have three former Islanders on their roster; Straka (1995-96), Strudwick (1995-96 and 1997-98) and Steve Valiquette (1999-00).
* The Islanders roster lists two former Rangers; Chris Simon (2003-04) and Bryan Berard (2001-02).
All-Time - Rangers vs. Islanders
At MSG: 58-34-11-1
At Long Island: 39-58-8-1
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Islanders
Oct. 10 Rangers 1, Islanders 2 at Nassau Coliseum
Nov. 6 Rangers 2, Islanders 3 at Nassau Coliseum
Nov. 19 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
Nov. 29 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
March 4 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
March 6 Rangers vs. Islanders at Nassau Coliseum
April 3 Rangers vs. Islanders at Nassau Coliseum
April 4 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Nov. 19 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 Rangers vs. Dallas, 1 p.m.
Nov. 29 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 5-0-0
Last 10 NYR games: 9-1-0
* 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 45 manpower games to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:
The Wolf Pack have won a season high four straight games, and have moved into a first-place tie with Providence (Boston affiliate) in the Atlantic Division, after sweeping a four-games-in-five-days stretch this past week. The Pack defeated Norfolk (Tampa Bay affiliate), 6-3, at the Hartford Civic Center on Wednesday, with their largest offensive output of the season. They then came from behind in the third period at home vs. Hamilton (Montreal affiliate) Friday, winning 3-2. Saturday found the Wolf Pack in Lowell (New Jersey affiliate), and they defeated the Devils, again by a 3-2 score. Yesterday the Pack edged the Portland Pirates (Anaheim affiliate) in Portland, 4-3. Ken Gernander’s club has now triumphed in six of his last seven games, heading into a showdown with Providence Wednesday night in Hartford (7:00). The Pack then travel to Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) Friday (7:30), before returning home to host Lowell Saturday (7:00).
For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:
Artem Anisimov broke a 13-game goalless drought with the GWG in Saturday's 3-2 victory at Lowell, scoring with 3:46 remaining in the third period.
Brodie Dupont struck for a personal season-high three points (1-2-3) in the Wolf Pack's 6-3 win vs. Norfolk Wednesday, and registered 1-1-2 in Sunday's visit to Portland.
Chris Holt won for the fifth time in his last six decisions Sunday in Portland, making 21 saves in the Wolf Pack's 4-3 triumph.
Andrew Hutchinson chipped in three assists in Sunday's triumph at Portland. He has 2-3-5 in the last four games.
Hugh Jessiman contributed two assists to Friday's 3-2 home win vs. Hamilton and scored the first goal of the game Saturday at Lowell, another 3-2 victory. He has 3-3-6 in his last seven games.
Al Montoya won his third straight decision Saturday night in Lowell, stopping 17 shots in the Wolf Pack's 3-2 win. Named game's Second Star in Friday's 3-2 triumph at home over Hamilton, after making 28 saves.
Greg Moore surpassed his rookie-year goal total from last year by notching his eighth and ninth tallies of the season in Wednesday's 6-3 home win over Norfolk. Bagged his 10th of the campaign in Saturday's victory at Lowell.
Pierre Parenteau earned First-Star honors in Sunday's win at Portland, with 1-1-2. Has points in four straight games (1-4-5).
Michael Sauer scored his first pro goal, which was the game-winner with 1:04 left in the third period of Sunday's 4-3 victory in Portland.
For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.