Game Notes from the Rangers:
The Rangers will complete a back-to-back set when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their 2013 regular season home opener. The Blueshirts enter the contest having been defeated by the Bruins, 3-1, last night in Boston, and are now 25-28-9 in season-opening games away from MSG. The Rangers posted a 10-2-2 record in the second game of back-to-back sets last season.
• All-Time: 117-100-23-8 overall (65-48-9-3 at home; 52-53-14-5 on the road)
• 2013: Tonight is the first of five meetings this season, and the first of three at Madison Square Garden.
• Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall (1-2-0 mark at home; 1-2-0 mark on the road). The Rangers penalty kill was 15-17 (88.2%) in the season series. Brad Richards led the team with four assists and six points, while Marian Gaborik (two goals, three assists) and Carl Hagelin (two goals, two assists) tied Richards with a team-high, two goals apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .931 Sv%, while Martin Biron was 0-2-0 with a 4.54 GAA and .857 Sv%.