GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. Dallas Stars
The Rangers face off against the Dallas Stars today at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m.) in their first meeting with a Western Conference team this season. At 13-8-2, the Blueshirts are currently in first place in the Atlantic Division and rank third in the Eastern Conference with 28 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having lost to the Florida Panthers, 3-2, in the shootout on Friday at the BankAtlantic Center, and have now picked up a point in 12 of their last 15 games (11-3-1). The Stars, 11-7-4, are currently in first place in the Pacific Division with 26 points and have won their last four games.
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Tune In Today!
Today's game will be televised by WWOR-TV/My9. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York.
Rangers vs. Stars Pre-Game Notes:
* The last Ranger game televised on WWOR-TV/ My9 was on April 1, 1989 at Pittsburgh (L, 5-2).
* The Rangers are 8-3-0 at MSG this season; Dallas has posted a 4-4-2 record in 10 road contests.
* Last season, the Rangers posted a 4-1-0 record against the Pacific Division; Dallas finished 2-2-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents last year.
* New York posted a record of 6-2-2 in 10 games on Sunday last season, and won nine of 12 afternoon games (9-2-1).
* In the last meeting between the teams on December 14, 2006 at Dallas, Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 43 of 45 shots en route to a 5-2 victory; The 45 shots against marked a career-high for Lundqvist.
* The last time the Blueshirts defeated the Stars at MSG was on November 4, 2003 (3-0).
* Lundqvist has posted a record of 10-3-0 along with a 1.60 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 13 games.
* Jaromir Jagr has collected 24 points (12 goals and 12 assists) in 25 career regular season games vs. Dallas; In 78 career matches vs. the Stars, Brendan Shanahan has registered 63 points (33 goals and 30 assists) along with 144 penalty minutes; Martin Straka has recorded 15 points (six goals and nine assists) in 19 career contests vs. Dallas.
* Michal Rozsival enters tonight's contest with five points (three goals and two assists) and a plus-three rating in his last five games.
* Petr Prucha has picked up one assist in each of the last two games, and now has four points (one goal and three assists) and a plus-three rating in his last five contests.
* Jagr has registered 10 points (two goals and eight assists) with the score tied this season.
* Fedor Tyutin currently leads the team in hits (74) and blocked shots (39); Last season, he finished second on the team with 149 hits.
* Bobby Sanguinetti, the Rangers' first round pick (21st overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has registered 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points in 24 games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL); The 19-year-old defenseman currently ranks first among all OHL blueliners in goals (16) and points (39), and ranks third with 23 assists; His 39 points is also good for 11th overall among all skaters.
* The Rangers have no former Stars on their roster.
* The Stars roster lists two former Rangers; Mattias Norstrom (1993-94 to 1995-96) and Sergei Zubov (1992-93 to 1994-95).
All-Time - Rangers vs. Stars
At MSG: 36-15-11-0
On Road: 31-19-11-1
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Stars
Nov. 25 Rangers vs. Stars at MSG
Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Nov. 25 Rangers vs. Dallas, 1 p.m.
Nov. 29 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Dec. 1 Rangers at Ottawa, 2 p.m.
Dec. 3 Rangers vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-1-1
Last 10 NYR games: 7-2-1
* Ryan Callahan suffered a grade-two knee sprain on Oct. 23.
* Marek Malik suffered bruised ribs/back on Nov. 1.
* The Rangers have lost 54 manpower games to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack won two out of three games this Thanksgiving week and stand a season-high six games above the .500 mark, at 13-7-0-1 for 27 points. The Pack had their first four-game winning streak of the season snapped Wednesday at the Hartford Civic Center, in a first-place showdown with Providence (Boston affiliate), losing by a count of 3-2. They recovered, though, to down Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) on the road Friday night, 5-3, their sixth straight victory at Bridgeport. On Saturday night, the Wolf Pack saw a 2-1 lead slip away late in the third period at home vs. Lowell (New Jersey affiliate), but recovered to win in overtime by a score of 3-2. The Pack have now won six of their last seven outings and eight of their last 10. Ken Gernander's club is off until Friday night (7:05), when they start a three-game weekend with a visit to Worcester (San Jose affiliate). The Wolf Pack have back-to-back home games Saturday night (7:00) vs. Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) and Sunday (4:00) against Portland (Anaheim affiliate).
For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:
Artem Anisimov scored a PPG in Saturday night’s victory over Lowell, and assisted on Parenteau’s OT-GWG. He has points in a personal season-best five straight games (2-4-6).
Nigel Dawes posted the Wolf Pack’s first four-point game of the season Friday night at Bridgeport, with 2-2-4 (First Star in 5-3 win). He has 3-5-8 in his last four AHL games.
Brodie Dupont notched his first pro GWG in Friday’s 5-3 win at Bridgeport, with his team-leading second SHG of the season.
Andrew Hutchinson netted a PPG and added an assist in Friday’s victory at Bridgeport. The Wolf Pack’s top-scoring defenseman, he has 1-5-6 in his last four games and 3-5-8 in his last seven.
Hugh Jessiman notched the Wolf Pack’s first goal, and earned Second-Star honors, in Saturday night’s triumph over Lowell, giving him points in four of his last five games (2-2-4). He has 4-5-9 in his last 10 games.
Pierre Parenteau tallied the OT-GWG on Saturday night vs. Lowell and had an assist, in a First-Star performance. He has registered at least a point in a Wolf Pack season-high seven straight games (4-6-10), to take over the team point-scoring lead. Parenteau scored both Wolf Pack goals in Wednesday’s 3-2 home loss to Providence (Second Star).
Thomas Pock chipped in a goal and two assists to the Pack’s 5-3 victory at Bridgeport Friday. He has 1-5-6 in his last seven games.
Corey Potter registered two assists in the Pack’s win on Saturday night against Lowell, including the primary assist on the OT-GWG.
For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.