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Saturday, October 28th (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (4-5-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (3-8-0), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The slumping New York Rangers take to the road for a four- game western swing which begins this evening against the equally-struggling Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.

After winning its first two contests of the 2006-07 season, New York has dropped five of seven. In their most recent outing, the Rangers were dealt a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Florida Panthers Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Petr Prucha and Martin Straka had the lone goals for New York, while goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's sophomore slump continued.

Lundqvist, a Vezina trophy finalist during last year's sensational rookie campaign, stopped just 20 of 24 shots against the Panthers. The 24-year-old has posted a 3.58 goals against average and a .878 save percentage in his eight starts this season.

The Rangers, who have won two of their three road contests thus far, will play at Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose during the trip.

Phoenix, meanwhile, is off to a disappointing 3-8 start and had lost five in a row before coming to life with a 6-2 home victory over Edmonton on Thursday.

Don MacLean and Owen Nolan both tallied a goal and an assist while Mike Comrie contributed three helpers to the winning effort. Goaltender David LeNeveu turned back 32 of 34 shots in his season debut.

Both MacLean and LeNeveu were recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League prior to Thursday's contest.

These teams haven't faced one another since the Rangers posted a 3-2 overtime win in Phoenix on December 29, 2003. New York also defeated the Coyotes in overtime by the same score at Madison Square Garden during the 2002-03 season.

10/28 10:54:06 ET


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