The Rangers face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning today at Madison Square Garden (puck drops at 1:00 p.m.).  This is New York’s final game before the Olympic break.  The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 27-27-7 (61 pts.), three points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. The Rangers enter today’s game after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, in overtime on Friday night in Pittsburgh, the Rangers’ first win at Pittsburgh since a 4-3 overtime victory on Nov. 17, 2007.  The Lightning enter the contest with a record of 26-23-11 (63 pts.), to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference (1 point out of eighth place) and second in the Southeast Division. Following the Olympic Break, the Rangers will resume their regular season schedule on Tuesday, Mar. 2, when they will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

The Rangers will be without two starters tonight, much like Friday’s game against the Penguins.  Forward Marian Gaborik will miss Sunday afternoon’s contest, because of a lacerated right knee suffered on this past Tuesday, after attempting to play Friday in Pittsburgh.  Rookie defense man Michael Del Zotto, who suffered a “significant laceration” to the side of his abdomen after colliding with Penguin’s center Evgeni Malkin and landing on his skate, is ruled out for today’s game.  It is uncertain when he will be back on the blue line for New York.

Prediction: Rangers win, 4-2.  After a nice all-around performance in Pittsburgh on Friday, the Rangers will carry the momentum back home and go into the break on a high note.

Shot calling: goal for Ryan Callahan.