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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 i...