Game Notes: Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
The Rangers face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins today at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.) in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 37-26-9, and rank sixth in the Eastern Conference with 83 points. New York enters the contest having been defeated by the Lightning, 3-0, Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum and are now 10-2-3 in their last 15 games. The Rangers are 15-6-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season. Tonight's contest marks the first of 10 straight Atlantic Division matchups to close out the regular season. Following today's match, the Rangers will travel to New Jersey to face-off against the Devils, tomorrow, March 19, at the Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.) in the second game of the back-to-back set. The Penguins, 41-24-7, are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division standings with 89 points and have won their last three games.
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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 1050 New York.
Rangers vs. Penguins Pre-Game Notes:
* The Rangers are 22-13-1 at MSG this season; The Penguins have posted a 20-14-2 record in 36 road contests.
* The Rangers are 15-6-1 against the Atlantic Division this season; The Penguins have posted a 10-11-2 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.
* New York has posted a record of 15-5-3 in their last 23 games, including a 7-2-1 record at MSG during the stretch.
* In their last 15 games, the Blueshirts have held their opponents to a 2.14 goals against average (33 goals against) while notching 50 goals en route to a 10-2-3 mark.
* New York has surrendered just four power play goals in their last 13 contests at MSG (34 for 38, 89.5%).
* The Rangers have yielded only five shorthanded goals this season, tying for sixth fewest in the league.
* The Rangers are 9-4-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets this season; Following tomorrow's game at New Jersey, the Blueshirts will have two back-to-back sets remaining on the 2007-08 regular season schedule.
* The Blueshirts have posted a record of 11-5-3 in their last 19 matches vs. the Penguins, including a mark of 7-1-1 in nine games at MSG during the stretch.
* New York has earned a point in eight of the last 10 meetings for a 6-2-2 record over the span.
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 10-5-3 record, along with a 2.14 goals against average and one shutout in 18 career regular season appearances vs. the Penguins; In five games this season, Lundqvist is 3-2-0 with a 1.79 goals against average and one shutout.
* In five games vs. the Penguins this season, Michal Rozsival and Scott Gomez lead the Rangers with three goals and three assists for six points apiece.
* Brendan Shanahan has registered 48 points (26 goals and 22 assists) in 54 career games vs. the Penguins; Jaromir Jagr has collected 32 points (16 goals and 16 assists) in 33 career matches vs. Pittsburgh; Michal Rozsival has recorded 17 points (six goals and 11 assists) in 21 regular season contests vs. the Penguins.
* Alexei Cherepanov, the Rangers' first round pick (17th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, registered 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points in 46 games with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League (RSL) this season; The Ozerki, Russia native also played in four playoff games, collecting two goals and one assist for three points.
* The Rangers have three former Penguins on their roster; Jagr (1990-91 to 2000-01), Rozsival (1999-00 to 2002-03) and Martin Straka (1992-93 to 1994-95, 1997-98 to 2003-04).
* The Penguins roster lists four former Rangers; Pascal Dupuis (2006-07), Adam Hall (2006-07), Petr Sykora (2005-06), and Jeff Taffe (2005-06).
All-Time - Rangers vs. Penguins
At MSG: 58-43-9-1
At Pittsburgh: 47-45-14-5
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Penguins
Oct. 23 Rangers 0 vs. Penguins 1 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 8 Rangers 4, Penguins 2 at MSG
Nov. 17 Rangers 4, Penguins 3 at Pittsburgh
Dec. 18 Rangers 4, Penguins 0 at MSG
Jan. 14 Rangers 1, Penguins 4 at Pittsburgh
March 18 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
March 30 Rangers vs. Penguins at Pittsburgh
March 31 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
March 18 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
March 19 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
March 21 Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
March 25 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
March 27 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-2-0
Last 10 NYR games: 7-2-1
* Paul Mara suffered a facial fracture on Feb. 23 at Buffalo, and has missed nine games.
* Marek Malik suffered an upper body injury on Mar. 9 vs. Boston, and has missed three games.
* The Rangers have lost 129 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:
The Wolf Pack secured the franchise’s fifth straight 40-win season, and the ninth 40-win campaign in the team’s 11-year history, by taking two out of three games this past weekend. The Pack registered their third shutout of the year Friday night at home, blanking the San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix affiliate), 4-0. The Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles affiliate) downed the Wolf Pack by a 3-1 score at the XL Center on Saturday night, but the Pack rebounded for a 4-1 win Sunday at Worcester (San Jose affiliate), upping their season record vs. the Sharks to 7-0-0-0. The Wolf Pack play both games of their two-game season series with Philadelphia (Flyers affiliate) this week, hosting the Phantoms tomorrow night (7:00) at the XL Center and visiting the Wachovia Spectrum on Friday night (7:05). The Pack finish their week in Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) on Saturday (7:00).
Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:
Josh Gratton had a personal season-high three-game point-scoring streak (2-2-4) snapped Sunday in Worcester. He tallied 1-1-2 in Friday’s 4-0 victory vs. the San Antonio Rampage, his former team.
Andrew Hutchinson returned to action for Sunday’s visit to Worcester, after missing the previous four games due to injury, and chipped in three assists to the Wolf Pack’s 4-1 win. He has nine points (1-8-9) in his last four games and 18 (6-12-18) in his last 10. Hutchinson leads AHL defensemen in points (55, eight more than the next highest-scoring league blueliner) and assists.
David LeNeveu posted his first shutout in a Wolf Pack uniform in Friday’s 4-0 win over his old team, the San Antonio Rampage, with 18 saves.
Corey Potter leads AHL defensemen in plus/minus, at a +28, and stands second overall in the league in that category.
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