The New York Rangers (20-14-1) hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (19-10-5) at MSG tonight starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo Sports.
TV: MSG; Radio: 1050AM ESPN Radio, XM209
Henrik Lundqvist – 14-12-1, 2.46 gaa, .920 sv%, 5 so.
Dan Ellis – 9-5-5, 3.04 gaa, .882 sv%, 2 so
– The Lightning have been outscored 20-7 during a four-game losing streak at MSG.
– Tampa lost to the Islanders last night 2-1 in OT.
– Steven Stmakos is second in the league with 26 goals.
– Tampa Bay has allowed two or fewer goals in four consecutive games after allowing three or more in the previous nine games.
– In his last 11 games, Ryan Malone has five goals and 13 points.
– Vinny Lecavalier has not scored a goal in four games since returning from a 15-game absence caused by a broken hand, despite getting 20 shots on goal in that time.
– Dan Ellis, who will get a bulk of the playing time now that Mike Smith is out for two weeks with a knee sprain, has stopped 47 of 50 shots (.940 save percentage) in the last two games.
2010-11 Season Series:
Nov. 24 Rangers 3, Lightning 5 at Tampa
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
Jan. 1 Rangers vs. Lightning at Tampa
Feb. 27 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG