Game Notes: Rangers vs. Anaheim Ducks
The Rangers face-off against the Anaheim Ducks tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their final game before the NHL All-Star break. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 27-16-4, and fifth in the Eastern Conference with 58 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Penguins, 3-0, on Sunday at Mellon Arena, and have earned a point in four of their last five games (3-1-1). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, January 27, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Ducks, 23-19-5, currently rank fifth in the Western Conference standings with 51 points, and have lost four of their last six games.
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Today's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 208.
Rangers vs. Ducks Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers are 14-8-2 at home this season; The Ducks have posted a 10-9-2 record in 21 road contests.
* The Rangers are 3-2-0 against the Pacific Division this season; The Ducks have posted a 1-2-1 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.
* The Blueshirts have won four of their last six meetings with the Ducks.
* Each of New York's three goals in their 3-1 victory over Anaheim on December 16 were unassisted.
* The Rangers have tallied three power play goals in their last three games vs. Anaheim.
* The Blueshirts are 10 of 11 in shorthanded situations (90.9%) in their last three meetings with the Ducks.
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 1-1-0 record, along with a 2.54 goals against average in two career regular season appearances vs. Anaheim; Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average in one game this season.
* In the season series, Nigel Dawes, Chris Drury and Nikolai Zherdev are tied for the team lead with one goal/point apiece in one game vs. Anaheim.
* Markus Naslund has registered 49 points (20 goals and 29 assists) in 51 career games vs. the Ducks; Drury has notched 19 points (10 goals and nine assists) in 23 career games vs. Anaheim; Zherdev has recorded 15 points (nine goals and six assists) in 17 career contests vs. the Ducks.
* Zherdev has registered three goals and two assists for five points in his last five contests vs. Anaheim.
* Drury has recorded 16 points (seven goals and nine assists) in the last 16 games.
* Bobby Sanguinetti, the Rangers' first round selection (21st overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has registered three goals and 22 assists for 25 points in 43 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL); The AHL rookie was named to the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team on January 7.
* New York lists no former Ducks on their roster.
* Anaheim's roster lists one former Ranger; Todd Marchant (1993-94).
All Time – Rangers vs. Ducks
At MSG: 3-6-1-0
At Anaheim: 4-6-0-0
2008-09 - Rangers vs. Ducks
Dec. 16 Rangers 3, Ducks 1 at Anaheim
Jan. 20 Rangers vs. Ducks at MSG
Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Jan. 20 Rangers vs. Anaheim, 7 p.m.
Jan. 27 Rangers vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Jan. 28 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Rangers at Boston, 1 p.m.
Feb. 3 Rangers vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m. (Adam Graves Night)
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-1-1
Last 10 NYR games: 5-4-1
* The Rangers have lost 10 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack moved into second place in the Atlantic Division, and to within two points of the division lead, with a 3-1 win on Monday in a holiday matinee in Portland (Buffalo affiliate). That was after squandering a chance to move into a first-place tie with Providence (Boston affiliate) on Saturday, in a 5-2 home loss to the Bruins. The Wolf Pack have won three of their last four games, are 5-2-1-0 in their last eight and have at least a point in 14 of their last 20 outings (12-6-1-1). The Pack are now off until Friday, before playing back-to-back home games prior to the All-Star break. The Lowell Devils (New Jersey affiliate) will visit the XL Center Friday night (7:00), and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh affiliate) provide the opposition on Saturday (7:00)
For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.