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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Monday, 11.24.2008 / 10:59 AM / News
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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Phoenix Coyotes
NYR VS. PHX
Tonight's Game
The Rangers face-off against the Phoenix Coyotes today at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 14-7-2, and rank second in the Eastern Conference with 30 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Senators, 4-1, on Saturday at Scotiabank Place, and have won three of their last five games. Following tonight's match, the Rangers will travel to Tampa Bay to face-off against the Lightning on Wednesday, November 26, at the St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.). The Coyotes, 8-9-2, currently rank 13th in the Western Conference standings with 18 points, and have lost their last five games.

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Tune In Tonight!

Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York.

Rangers vs Coyotes Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are 9-4-1 at home this season; The Coyotes have posted a 3-6-1 record in 10 road contests.

* The Rangers are 0-1-0 against the Pacific Division this season; The Coyotes have posted a 1-0-1 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* In their last seven games, the Blueshirts have registered eight goals in 39 power play opportunities (20.5%).

* New York has held their opponents scoreless on the power play in four of their last six contests (21 of 23 - 91.3%).

* In the last 10 games vs. the Coyotes' franchise at MSG, the Blueshirts are 8-2-0 dating back to a 5-2 win on January 27, 1993, outscoring the Coyotes, 32-21, and yielding only four power play goals in 50 shorthanded situations (92.0%).

* The Blueshirts have notched a power play goal in each of their last three meetings with the Coyotes, converting three of 11 opportunities (27.3%) over the span.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 1-0-0 record, along with a 3.00 goals against average in one career regular season appearance vs. Phoenix.

* Markus Naslund has registered 34 points (17 goals and 17 assists) in 48 career games vs. the Coyotes; Scott Gomez has notched 10 points (three goals and seven assists) in nine career games vs. Phoenix; Chris Drury has recorded 10 points (four goals and six assists) in 21 career contests vs. the Coyotes.

* Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi are tied for the team-lead with 61 hits; Michal Rozsival leads the club with 35 blocked shots.

* Nikolai Zherdev is two points shy of 200 career points.

* Gomez is two assists shy of 400 career assists.

* Fredrik Sjostrom skated in his 300th NHL game on Saturday at Ottawa.

* Evgeny Grachev, the Rangers' third round selection (75th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has registered 13 goals and 11 assist for 24 points, along with eight penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating in 21 games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season; Grachev recorded his first OHL hat trick, tallying four goals on November 16 vs. Ottawa, and has recorded 11 points (seven goals and four assists) in the last six games.

* The Rangers have two former Coyotes on their roster; Paul Mara (2000-01 to 2005-06) and Sjostrom (2003-04 to 2007-08).

* The Coyotes roster lists no former Rangers..

All Time – Rangers vs. Coyotes
Overall: 33-23-6-0
At MSG: 18-10-2-0
At Phoenix: 15-13-4-0

2008-09 - Rangers vs. Coyotes
Nov. 24 Rangers vs. Coyotes at MSG

2007-08 – Rangers vs. Canucks
Dec. 16 Rangers 1, Coyotes 5 at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Nov. 24 Rangers vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Nov. 26 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 Rangers vs. Florida, 1 p.m.
Dec. 3 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-2-0
Last 10 NYR games 4-5-1

Injuries

* Scott Gomez has missed five contests with a leg injury.

* The Rangers have lost seven manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack went 1-2-0-1 in its first four-games-in-five-days situation this past week, to stay exactly at .500, 8-8-0-2 for 18 points.  The Pack built leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in Wednesday night’s home game against division-leading Portland (Buffalo affiliate), but gave up the last three goals of the game to end up on the short end of a 4-2 score.  On Friday at home vs. Lowell (New Jersey affiliate), the Pack battled back to get a point with two goals in the last 6:22 of regulation, but eventually lost in a shootout, 4-3. Saturday saw the Wolf Pack explode for its biggest offensive output of the season in a 6-2 road thumping of Portland, but the Providence Bruins (Boston affiliate) got the better of the Pack yesterday in Providence, posting a 6-3 win in the first meeting of the year between the two arch-rivals. The Wolf Pack are now off until Friday night (7:00), when they make their first visit of the season to Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate).  The Pack’s only home game in a span of eight is Saturday night (7:00) against Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate), and then the club is back in Providence for a rematch with the Bruins on Sunday (4:05).

For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.