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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Tampa Bay

2011-12 Season Game No. 25 at Madison Square Garden

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 8:30 AM / News
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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Tampa Bay
Tonight's Game
NYR VS. TBL
The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first of three games in four days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-6-3 (33 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, to end their five-game winning streak. New York is now 12-3-0 in its last 15 contests. The Lightning enter the contest with an 11-14-2 (24 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last five games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Dec. 10, at First Niagara Center (7:00 p.m.), to begin a back-to-back set.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Network with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN Radio and on satellite radio at XM 214.

Rangers vs. Lightning Pregame Notes

* The Rangers are 8-3-2 in their last 13 games against the Lightning.

* Henrik Lundqvist has started each of the last 25 games against Tampa Bay, dating back to Nov. 10, 2005.

* New York ranks 14th with a 7-2-1 (15 pts) record at home; Tampa Bay ranks 26th with a 4-10-2 (10 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers have posted a 6-1-0 record vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Lightning are 3-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 14-7-4 record with a 2.10 GAA and two shutouts in 25 career regular season games vs. Tampa Bay; Martin Biron is 10-7-2-0 with a 2.66 GAA in 19 career regular season games vs. the Lightning.

* Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 12 career regular season games vs. Tampa Bay.

* The Rangers list three former Lightning on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2002-03 to 2006-07); Brad Richards (2000-01 to 2007-08).

* Tampa Bay lists three former Rangers on its roster: Matt Gilroy (2009-10 to 2010-11); Adam Hall (2006-07); Dominic Moore (2003-04 to 2005-06).

All Time -- Rangers vs. Lightning
Overall: 38-29-5-5
At MSG: 21-13-2-3
At Tampa Bay: 17-16-3-2

2011-12 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay
Dec. 3 Rangers 4, Lightning 2 at Tampa
Dec. 8 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
Feb. 9 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
March 2 Rangers vs. Lightning at Tampa

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 8 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10 Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Dec. 11 Rangers vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 Rangers vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
Dec. 15 Rangers at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Injuries

* Marc Staal has missed 24 games after being put on the Injured Reserve list on Oct. 5 due to a concussion.

* Mike Rupp has missed 17 games due to a knee injury, suffered on Oct. 24.

* Wojtek Wolski has missed 13 games due to a groin injury, suffered on Nov. 3.

* The Rangers have lost 63 total man-game to injuries or illness this season.