Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. San Jose
2009-10 Season Game No. 9 at Madison Square Garden
The Rangers face-off against the San Jose Sharks tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank first in the Atlantic Division standings, and first in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 7-1-0 (14 pts.). New York enter tonight's contest having defeated Toronto, 4-1, Saturday at Air Canada Centre to extend their winning streak to seven games, their longest since they won seven straight during the 2005-06 season (Feb. 1 - Mar. 2). San Jose enter the contest with a 4-3-1 (nine pts.) record, and rank eighth in the Western Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.
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Tonight's game will be televised nationally on Versus. You can also catch the radio broadcast on AM 970 The Apple and on satellite radio at XM 204.
Rangers vs. Sharks Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers 7-1-0 record ties the franchise record for best start through eight games, previously set in 1983-84 when the team began the season with a 9-1-0 mark through 10 games.
* The Rangers tallied one power play goal in Saturday's 4-1 win at Toronto, and have converted 10 of their last 27 chances (37.0%) with the man advantage over the last six games.
* Enver Lisin tallied his first goal as a Ranger on Saturday at Toronto.
* New York enters the contest riding an eight-game home winning streak dating back to last season, and is 12-1-0 in their last 13 regular season games at MSG
* The last time the Rangers won their first five games at MSG to begin the season was in 1990-91 (8-0-0)
The Rangers lead the league in total goals scored (32), and rank second in the NHL in goals against average (1.88).
* The Rangers last loss vs. the Sharks at MSG was Oct. 22, 2001 (2-0-0).
* The Rangers rank first in the NHL at home with a record of 4-0-0 (eight pts.) in four games; the Sharks have posted a record of 2-3-0 (four pts.) in five road games tying for 15th in the league.
* New York has posted a record of 2-0-0 vs. the Pacific Division; San Jose has registered a 1-0-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals against average in two career regular season appearances against San Jose.
* Chris Drury leads the Rangers with nine goals and 18 points in 24 career regular season games against San Jose; Vinny Prospal has tallied a team-high, 10 assists in 21 career regular season contests vs. the Sharks.
* New York lists no former Sharks on its roster.
* San Jose lists two former Rangers on its roster: Jed Ortmeyer (2003-04 to 2006-07) and Manny Malhotra (1998-99 to 2001-02)
All Time – Rangers vs. Sharks
At MSG: 8-2-1-0
At San Jose: 10-3-2-0
2008-09 Series Recap
New York was 0-1-0 against San Jose in 2008-09. The Rangers out-shot the Sharks, 34-30, including a 17-7 advantage in the third period in last season's matchup.
2009-10 - Rangers vs. San Jose
Oct. 19 Rangers vs. Sharks at MSG
Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Oct. 19 Rangers vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 Rangers vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 Rangers at Islanders, 7 p.m.
* The Rangers have lost 5 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack dropped a pair of games over the weekend, losing 6-3 in Portland (Buffalo affiliate) on Friday night and falling by a 2-1 score at Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) on Saturday. Saturday’s contest saw the Pack outshoot the Falcons 33-14 and snapped a streak of eight straight Hartford wins over Springfield. The two defeats dropped the Wolf Pack’s record to 2-4-0-0, heading into a three-game weekend this weekend. The Pack visit Adirondack (Philadelphia affiliate) on Friday (7:30), to finish off a season-opening stretch of six out of seven on the road. The club then starts a five-game homestand with games at the XL Center vs. Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) Saturday (7:00) and Worcester (San Jose affiliate) Sunday (3:00).
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