Game 36 Preview: Rangers at PanthersDecember 30, 2011, by
Standings: Panthers (19-11-7), Rangers (22-9-4)
Leading Scorer: Kris Versteeg (17-21-38)
Goaltender: Scott Clemmensen (7 GP, 2.80 GAA, .890 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable)
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start tonight.
Preview: The Southeast Division leading Florida Panthers are STILL a good team. They are a one line offensive machine, but new lines in Miami have them trying to find balanced scoring despite a rash of injuries to their forwards.
The Rangers have been labeled by many as a hockey club that can’t handle smaller, quicker teams, but that’s not necessarily true anymore. With more speed in the lineup, the Rangers have found ways to beat teams that are quick, including these Panthers by a score of 6-1.
The key, as always is consistency in all three zones. The Rangers have struggled with that the past few games. It’s also important to get some semblance of a powerplay going again, as they haven’t scored in what seems like the month of December.
Crazy Thought: Boyle gets more than 3 offensive zone starts. No, seriously, all he does is start in the defensive zone. Let’s get this guy some offensive chances.
Opponent’s Blog: The Rat Trick
Game time tonight is 7:30pm on MSG, AM1050 and XM214.