Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Pittsburgh

2011-12 Season Game No. 70 at Madison Square Garden

Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 12:01 AM / News
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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
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Tonight's Game
NYR VS. PIT
The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 44-18-7 (95 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden for their sixth consecutive home win, and are now 15-6-3 in their last 24 games. The Penguins enter the contest with a 42-21-5 (89 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last nine games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, Mar. 17, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the fourth game of their seven-game homestand.

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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 213.

Rangers vs. Penguins Pregame Notes

* Tonight is the fifth of six meetings between the Rangers and Penguins this season, and the third and final at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 2-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) vs. Pittsburgh following a 2-0 loss on Feb. 21 at CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers have out-scored the Penguins 6-3 in second periods. Brad Richards leads the team in scoring with two goals and four points against the Penguins, while Henrik Lundqvist is 2-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .931 save percentage.

* The Rangers have registered at least one point in nine of their last 12 games against the Penguins (7-3-2 over the span), and have won four of their last six meetings.

* The Rangers ranks fifth in the NHL with a 24-7-2 (50 pts) record at home; Pittsburgh ranks eighth with an 18-13-3 (39 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers are 13-5-2 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Penguins are 8-7-0 vs. the Atlantic Division.

* The Rangers list two former Penguins on their roster: Ruslan Fedotenko (2008-09 to 2009-10); Mike Rupp (2009-10 to 2010-11).

* Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on its roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07).

All Time -- Rangers vs. Penguins
Overall: 117-99-23-8
At MSG: 65-47-9-3
At Pittsburgh: 52-52-14-5

2011-12 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
Nov. 29 Rangers 4, Penguins 3 at MSG
Jan. 6 Rangers 3, Penguins 1 at Pittsburgh
Jan. 19 Rangers 1, Penguins 4 at MSG
Feb. 21 Rangers 0, Penguins 2 at Pittsburgh
March 15 Rangers vs. Penguins at MSG
April 5 Rangers vs. Penguins at Pittsburgh

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
March 15 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
March 17 Rangers vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.
March 19 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
March 21 Rangers vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
March 23 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* Michael Sauer has missed 45 games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.

* Michael Del Zotto has missed three games with a hip injury, suffered on March 8.

* Ryan Callahan has missed two games with an injury, suffered on March 9.

* Henrik Lundqvist has missed one game with the flu.

* The Rangers have lost 199 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.