Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Islanders

2011-12 Season Game No. 32 at Madison Square Garden

Thursday, 12.22.2011 / 12:04 AM / News
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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Islanders
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Tonight's Game
NYR VS. NYI
The Rangers face-off against the New York Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. on MSG Network), to open a back-to-back home set against Atlantic Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 19-8-4 (42 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, on Tuesday at Prudential Center for their second straight win, and are 4-2-0 in their last six games. The Blueshirts have now registered at least one point in 18 of their last 23 games (16-5-2). The Islanders enter the contest with an 11-14-6 (28 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last two games in the shootout. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, Dec. 23, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. on MSG Network), to close out their back-to-back home 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 212.

Rangers vs. Islanders Pregame Notes

* The Rangers rank 19th with an 8-3-2 (18 pts) record at home; the Islanders rank 24th with a 5-6-3 (13 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers have posted a 4-1-0 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Islanders are 2-5-2 vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 22-11-5 record with a 2.22 GAA and three shutouts in 39 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders; Martin Biron is 20-4-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and two shutouts in 26 career regular season games vs. the Islanders.

* Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 19 assists and 30 points in 32 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders; Marian Gaborik has tallied a team-high 15 goals (27 points) in 23 games vs. the Islanders.

* The Rangers list two former Islanders on their roster: Martin Biron (2009-10); Ruslan Fedotenko (2007-08).

* The Islanders list two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Mottau (2000-01 to 2001-02); P.A. Parenteau (2009-10).

All Time – Rangers vs. Islanders
Overall: 113-99-19-5
At MSG: 65-37-11-4
At Uniondale: 48-62-8-1

2011-12 Rangers vs. Islanders
Oct. 15 Rangers 2, Islanders 4 at Uniondale
Nov. 15 Rangers 4, Islanders 2 at Uniondale
Dec. 22 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
Dec. 26 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG
Feb. 24 Rangers vs. Islanders at Uniondale
March 11 Rangers vs. Islanders at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Dec. 22 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Dec. 26 Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Dec. 28 Rangers at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Injuries

* Marc Staal has missed 31 games after being put on the Injured Reserve list on Oct. 5 due to a concussion.

* Wojtek Wolski has missed 20 games due to a groin injury, suffered on Nov. 3.

* Michael Sauer has missed seven games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.

* Steve Eminger has missed one game with a shoulder injury, suffered on Dec. 17.

* Jeff Woywitka has missed one game with an ankle injury, suffered on Dec. 17.

* The Rangers have lost 92 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.