Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS at FLORIDA PANTHERS
Friday, Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m.
BankAtlantic Center – Sunrise, Florida
Rangers: 22-9-4 (48 pts)
Panthers: 19-11-7 (45 pts)
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The Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m.), in their final game of 2011. The Blueshirts currently rank first in the Atlantic Division standings, and second in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-9-4 (48 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Washington Capitals, 4-1, on Wednesday to snap their five-game winning streak. The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 21 of their last 27 games (19-6-2), and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. The Panthers enter the contest with a 19-11-7 (45 pts) record to rank third in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games (1-2-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphi...