Game 18: Rangers at Panthers

November 23, 2011, by

Opponent: Florida Panthers (11-6-3)

Leading Scorer: Kris Versteeg (11-14-25)

Goaltender: Jose Theodore (2.50 GAA, .920 SV%)

Rangers Projected Lines (projected):

Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery-Brian Boyle-Ruslan Fedotenko
Brandon Prust-Erik Christensen-Andre Deveaux

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Mike Sauer
Jeff Wywitka-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Marc Staal (concussion symptoms), Mike Rupp (knee), Wojtek Wolski (groin), Anton Stralman (healthy)

Preview: The Florida Panthers are a good team. Let that sink in for a second. I’ll repeat: The Florida Panthers are a good team. The Cats signed pretty much every single free agent available in the offseason, and made a splash by dealing for Brian Campbell. Those moves, combined with a resurgence of sorts for Jose Theodore, and the Cats are now at the top of the division. They are getting contributions from up and down the roster. Whether this lasts, we don’t know, but for now they are a team that the Rangers can’t afford to look past.

Suit’s Take: Boy have things changed quickly down in Miami. The Panthers are playing some very exciting hockey and the days of  playing road games in their own building looks like a thing of the past.

Under Dineen the Panthers have ditched their trapping ways (nice to see) and are getting it done by relentless puck pressure and going to the net. Weiss, Versteeg, and Fleischmann have shown great chemistry and are pretty much providing all of Florida’s offense. From the blueline Kulikov and Campbell have done a marvelous job getting the puck up ice and joining in on 4 and 5 man attacks.

Fortunately for the Rangers, the Panthers are a one line team and their forwards aren’t great defending in their own zone. Jose Theodore’s .920 Sv% has definitely been earned. If our boys can manage to keep this line out of the slot, we will be in good shape.

Crazy Thought: Deveaux gets his first NHL goal.

Opponent’s Blog: Litter Box Cats

Today’s game is on at 7:30pm on MSG, AM1050, and XM205.

Categories : Game Thread


  1. bob says:

    Pretty suprised how good Florida has been.We should be able to muster 30 shots against these guys or we are really bad.We basically have to shut down one line like you said,we should beat these guys.I hope Torts gives Deveaux ice time so he can score a goal.When with the Whale,he was crashing the net like crazy.Really like his energy.Torts has to let some other people play besides the top six.

  2. Walt says:

    Maybe that is the answer to our terrible PP, use Deveaux up front in the goalie’s face, and play trash collector. What a novel idea!!!!!

    • bob says:

      Maybe stick Avery in there and see if he can get the league to come up with a new rule named after him.At the beginning of the night,They showed a little movement on the PP but the last couple looked the same.A low scoring game and if you get one PP goal at least gets them a point.But 20 shots to 38 is ridiculous.Its obvious they are not getting to loose pucks.Are we not supposed to be a highly conditioned club,why are we always getting beat to the puck.Its only a 2 game losing streak but even when they were luckily winning the problems were there and now we are paying for them.Time for people to be “chateau bow wowed”.Bring up some kids.Zuc,Hagelin,Bourque whatever.