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Game 30 Preview: Panthers at Rangers

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Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

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 is even close to matching.

On special teams, the Panthers are like most NHL teams, in the sense that they use an umbrella powerplay and a hybrid diamond/box penalty kill. There’s nothing special there.

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2012-2013 Records: Panthers (8-16-6), Rangers (15-12-2)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (10-14-24)
FLA Leading Scorer: Jonathan Huberdeau (12-7-19)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (25 GP, 2.23 GAA, .922 SV%)
FLA Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom (8 GP, 2.97 GAA, .903 SV%)

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Rangers Lines: 

Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Chris Kreider-Brian Boyle-JT Miller
Taylor Pyatt-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Anton Stralman-Roman Hamrlik

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Arron Asham (back), Marc Staal (eye), Stu Bickel (healthy), Matt Gilroy (healthy)

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm

Torts’ post-practice interview from Wednesday:

8 Responses to “Game 30 Preview: Panthers at Rangers”

  1. ranger17 says:

    Don,t let this become a trap game . They need to 5 or 6 on the board tonight . But if they get 3 before the third they will play a dump and sit back game . Let some of the guys get the monkey off their back and go for it tohight .

  2. Chris F says:

    On paper, that is a deep 4 lines.

    Line 1: Absolutely lethal scoring and playmaking ability;

    Line 2: Quick high energy line, with a healthy combination of offensive production and defensive responsibility;

    Line 3; Undeveloped youth with incredible offensive potential anchored by a big-body, defensively aware center;

    Line 4; Forechecking, defense and faceoff specialist.

    Follow that up with one of the best (and youngest) top 4 defensive pairings in the League and a Vezina winning goaltender and this team should be an elite contender.

    Too bad this is just how the team looks on paper.

  3. ranger17 says:

    I do think they will be good going into the playoffs . they are the fourth best D in the NHL as of right now an dthat is what it takes for a Cup run . Now if BR and Gabby just wake up we could be go to go

  4. Tim B says:

    Stralman on third pairing. Eminger on 2nd? This cant be right/good. Why is Eminger getting increased ice time and Stralman less?

  5. Bloomer says:

    Rangers come up emptiy on the P.P again..good grief.

  6. Tim B says:

    Andrej Systr signed a 2 year entry level deal with the Lightning. Too bad. Would have liked to see that monster in blue

  7. VinceR says:

    Ugh that sucked…40+ shots and can only put one in. Haven’t been able to watch a replay and those second period opportunities were on the other side of the ice and the MSG internal replays are typically lacking, so I don’t know if Markstrom stood on his head or if we made him look like an allstar (I saw enough to see he had a nice couple of saves, but at times it looked like we didn’t get off a quality shot).

    The second period breakdown was right in front of me and that was just a sh*tty breakdown and a chip over Henke while he was lying down.

    Beyond that, all games the seats around me have been sold off on stub hub or somewhere else…tonight I had someone behind me who would die if they stopped talking and whose hockey analysis consisted of saying random things that made no sense surrounded by the word “seriously” except with no vowels. The exact replica of the SNL skit of “The Girl At The Party That You Wish You Didn’t Start a Conversation With”. All in all one of the games this season I wish I didn’t attend in person…on to Sunday.

    • Spozo says:

      The worst is when you get some tool trying to explain hockey to his bimbo girlfriend who has never seen a game before.