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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Los Angeles

2010-11 Season Game No. 59 at Madison Square Garden

Thursday, 02.17.2011 / 12:01 AM / News
New York Rangers
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Tonight's Game
NYR VS. LAK
The Rangers will face-off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 30-24-4 (64 pts). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, to reach the 30-win plateau for the sixth consecutive season. The Kings have posted a record of 32-22-3 (67 pts) to rank eighth in the Western Conference following Wednesday night's 4-3 overtime shootout win at Columbus, and are now 5-0-2 on their current 10-game road trip. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will conclude their back-to-back set when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Friday, Feb. 18, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.

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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 Radio and on satellite radio at XM 205.

Rangers vs. Los Angeles Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 25th with a 13-12-3 (29 pts) record at home; the Kings rank 17th with a 15-13-2 (32 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers are 2-0-0 vs. the Pacific Division; the Kings are 3-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist is 1-3-0 with a 3.03 goals-against average in four career regular season appearances vs. Los Angeles; Martin Biron is 4-1-0-0 with a 2.04 goals against average and one shutout in six career regular-season contests vs. the Kings.

* Marian Gaborik has registered a team-high, 18 goals and 28 points in 26 career regular season contests vs. Los Angeles.

* New York lists three former Kings on its roster: Sean Avery (2002-03 to 2006-07); Brian Boyle (2007-08 to 2008-09); Alex Frolov (2002-03 to 2009-10).

* Los Angeles lists no former Rangers on its roster.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Kings
Overall: 64-43-16-0
At MSG: 36-18-6-0
At Los Angeles: 28-25-10-0

2009-10 Review -- Rangers vs. Los Angeles
Oct. 14 Rangers 4, Kings 2 at MSG
Feb. 2 Rangers 1, Kings 2 at Los Angeles

2010-11 Rangers vs. Los Angeles
Feb. 17 Rangers vs. Kings at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Feb. 17 Rangers vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Feb. 18 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 Rangers at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Feb. 25 Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* Derek Boogaard has missed 28 games with a shoulder injury.

* Alex Frolov has missed 15 games with a knee injury.

* Ruslan Fedotenko has missed 10 games with a shoulder separation and appendectomy.

* Chris Drury has missed four games with a knee injury.

* The Rangers have lost 218 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.