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The struggling Florida Panthers come to New York for their first matchup of the season. The Panthers are one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference at the moment, and have been dealing with inconsistent goaltending and a plethora of injuries. The Rangers are dealing with their own injuries, but have won two straight while playing some very strong hockey. They have also called up Chris Kreider to add some more scoring potential to that third line.
On the forecheck, the Panthers play your traditional 1-2-2 hybrid trap, which sends one forechecker deep to harass the breakout, and clogs the neutral zone with two guys up high and two defenseman back by the defensive blue line.
In the defensive zone, the Panthers are like the Rangers in that they play a low zone collapse. The problem is that between the suspect goaltending and the bad defense, it doesn’t work too well. The Panthers have surrendered a league-worst 110 goals, of which no one is even close to matching.
On special teams, the Panthers are like most NHL teams, in the sense that they use an umbrella powerplay and a hybrid diamond/box penalty kill. There’s nothing special there.
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2012-2013 Records: Panthers (8-16-6), Rangers (15-12-2)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (10-14-24)
FLA Leading Scorer: Jonathan Huberdeau (12-7-19)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (25 GP, 2.23 GAA, .922 SV%)
FLA Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom (8 GP, 2.97 GAA, .903 SV%)
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Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Chris Kreider-Brian Boyle-JT Miller
Taylor Pyatt-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Anton Stralman-Roman Hamrlik
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Arron Asham (back), Marc Staal (eye), Stu Bickel (healthy), Matt Gilroy (healthy)
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm
Torts’ post-practice interview from Wednesday:
BEST OF MAXIM
The Rangers have recalled rookie Chris Kreider from the AHL after a one month stay with the Whale. Kreider, who was sent to Connecticut on February 28, scored six goals and added an assist in eight games since the demotion. Kreider seemed more confident with the puck and was making better decisions without the puck, which was a big part of the reason for his demotion.
To make room...
In a bit of shocking news, the Rangers have placed center Jeff Halpern on waivers (per Darren Dreger). In 30 games with the Rangers, Halpern notched just one assist with a -5 rating. Halpern is currently the Rangers one of the Rangers top faceoff guys, winning 56.7% of his draws. Halpern’s ice time had diminished a lot lately, getting just three minutes of ice time in last night’s...
Can Kreider’s recent good form translate to the NHL this year?
It’s rather a sombre beginning to a Musings post today as the unfortunate news of Glen Sather receiving treatment for prostate cancer reached us all. Whether you’re a Sather fan or not, I’m sure everyone joins me in repeating the wishes from this morning’s post here at the site in wishing a full and quick recovery...
Derek Stepan, just one of many reasons for optimism this season
There’s a million and one sporting clichés but one that often appears to ring true is how a team has to learn to lose and experience struggles before they can get to the top. The Rangers have struggled mightily at various stages this season. Perhaps, their struggles even began when they were outlasted by the Devils...
Since the last write up it has been a complete contrast in performance and results for the New York Rangers. A road trip that was seen as a definitive point in the New York Rangers season. With games against divisional rivals and positional rivals up and coming the Rangers needed points. They didn’t get them. [...]
Many people quip that hockey is just “a kids sport,” that while they are blessed to make money being involved in a sport they love, there is so much more to life. Today is one of those days where we remember that important tenet.
As first reported by Steve Zipay of New York Newsday on Wednesday, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather will be undergoing surgery...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves and just missed his first NHL shutout, and the cellar-dwelling Florida Panthers dealt the playoff-hopeful New York Rangers a big blow in a 3-1 victory Thursday night.
The Rangers had gotten back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with wins on two consecutive nights this week after a three-game skid. But Markstrom was sharp...
Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin have been enjoying breakout seasons. They're both in the top four in team scoring, while also making a difference on the defensive end.
Another way they've had a positive role on this team is by attending every optional practice this season. Which John Tortorella addressed yesterday...
"I've used them as examples. Especially...
Here we go again. Following two wins, including a pretty energetic one against the Devils, there was hope that the Rangers could finally tally a string of victories together. Instead, we again witness an underwhelming loss against an underwhelming opponent. So ends the streak, so start the questions again about the morale of the team, where the offense is, and what it's going...
The General Manager meetings are currently taking place in Toronto, where NHL GM's discuss a number of items including potential rule changes for the future and things of that nature. GM's also surely schmooze and discuss trades, with the trading deadline only a couple of weeks away.
Per Newsday's Steve Zipay, Glen Sather is not attending the meetings, and instead...
Bergen Record - Derek Stepan stepping up for Rangers
New York Post - Sather to have cancer surgery
Daily News - Kreider called up, gets 2nd shot with Rangers
New York Times - Mandatory Use of Visors a Hot Topic
Newsday - Derek Stepan realizing his potential
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The #NYR have recalled forward @chriskreider from @ctwhale and assigned Micheal Haley to the Whale
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 20, 2013
...got to admit this is very surprising considering Torts' comments yesterday. But I'll take it. Obviously, the move is to put Kreider on the third line with Miller and Boyle, while dropping Pyatt down to the fourth line...
The NHL's "Department of Player Safety" released a video explaining why New York Rangers forward Rick Nash was not suspended for a high hit on Florida Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky:
The New York Rangers took to the ice in Newark against their cross town rivals, the New Jersey Devils, whom they trail by two points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With only twenty games remaining, these were two vital points, for both clubs. One thing you can count on with these two [...]
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon confirmed to The Miami Herald on Thursday night that 40-year-old Alex Kovalev signed his retirement papers and is no longer a member of the Florida organization.
Kovalev, who signed a one-year deal after the lockout ended, hadn't played for the Panthers since getting nine-plus minutes in a loss...