New York Rangers Game Notes

Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Florida

2009-10 Season Game No. 37 at Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, 12.23.2009 / 9:49 AM / News
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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Florida
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Tonight’s Game
NYR VS. ”FLA"
The Rangers face-off against the Florida Panthers tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in five days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 17-16-3 (37 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, on Monday at the RBC Center. The Panthers enter the contest with a 16-15-7 (39 pts.) record, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's game, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Dec. 26, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their second game of a three-game homestand.

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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  and on satellite radio at XM 206.

Rangers vs. Panthers Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 29th in the NHL at home with a record of 7-9-1 (15 pts.) in 17 games; the Panthers have posted a record of 10-9-2 (22 pts.) in 21 road games to rank tied 11th in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 3-4-1 vs. the Southeast Division; Florida have registered a 6-2-4 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 1-1-0 with a 1.94 goals against average in two appearances against Florida this season; Lundqvist is 8-5-1 with a 2.01 goals against average and three shutouts in 14 career regular season contests vs. the Panthers.

* Vinny Prospal leads the Rangers with 12 goals, 31 assists and 43 points in 55 career regular season games against Florida; Marian Gaborik leads the Blueshirts with two goals this season vs. the Panthers.

* New York lists no former Panthers on its roster.

* Florida lists two former Rangers on its roster: Radek Dvorak (2000-01 to 2002-03); Dominic Moore (2003-04 to 2005-06).

All Time – Rangers vs. Panthers
Overall: 34-23-6-4
At MSG: 17-12-4-0
At Florida: 17-11-2-4

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Florida
Nov. 21 Rangers 2, Panthers 3 at MSG
Nov. 25 Rangers 2, Panthers 1 (SO) at Florida
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG
April 3 Rangers vs. Panthers at Florida

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule

Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Dec. 26 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Dec. 31 Rangers at Carolina, 8 p.m.
Jan. 2 Rangers vs. Carolina, 1 p.m.

Injuries

* Brian Boyle has missed one game with an injury, suffered on Dec. 19.

* The Rangers have lost 44 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The last pre-Christmas action for the Wolf Pack (15-13-1-3, 34 pts.) was a 4-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal affiliate) on Saturday that wrapped up a five-game homestand.  That was after the Pack hung a 6-1 defeat on the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs affiliate) the night before, in the Wolf Pack’s first game of the season against a Western–Conference opponent. The Pack had registered at least a standings point in three straight games (2-0-0-1) prior to Saturday’s defeat, but now have won only two of their last 10 outings (2-5-1-2).  Ken Gernander’s squad is back in action Saturday (7:00), when they travel to Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate), and the Pack will visit Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) on Sunday (3:00).

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



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