The Florida Panthers have been one of the surprises during the first quarter of the season, leading the Southeast Division after a major offseason overhaul.
Kris Versteeg has been one of the key newcomers, and he'll look to stay hot against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night at the BankAtlantic Center.
Versteeg, acquired via trade from Philadelphia on July 1, scored twice in Florida's 4-3 win over New Jersey on Monday and is among the league leaders with 25 points. He is already halfway to his career high of 22 goals set in 2008-09 with Chicago, and he has six goals and six assists over his last 12 games.
The Panthers (11-6-3) trailed 3-0 after the first period, but Versteeg's two second-period goals and a tally from Stephen Weiss midway through the third period helped tie the game before Tomas Fleischmann - signed after finishing 2010-11 with Colorado - scored the game-winner with 2:03 remaining.
''We found a way to win,'' said Versteeg, who has only one goal and one assis...