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Game Day: Rangers @ Panthers (12/2)
Rangers look for their first win of 2011 against the struggling Panthers.


Rookies Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello bring an intensity and fire to this young Rangers team


Rookies Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello bring an intensity and fire to this young Rangers team

New York Rangers @ Florida Panthers

5 p.m., Sunday

Bank Atlantic Center

 

Rangers Record: 22-14-3

Panthers Record: 16-17-2

 

Tonight, Jan. 2, the Rangers take on the Florida Panthers at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. The Rangers, 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, look to get back to winning ways after an overtime loss against the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning last night. New York enjoyed a torrid December, winning all but four games (8-3-1) last month. Regardless of the team’s plethora of injuries this season, the Rangers have been able to stay extremely competitive in their division and in the Eastern Conference, sitting comfortably in playoff contention (seven points above ninth place).

The Panthers, coming off a tough home loss in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 31, look to reestablish home dominance with a win over the Rangers. The Panthers are currently a sub-.500 team and only 7-6-2 at home, so improving their home play is crucial to saving this season.

The Rangers continue to suffer from injuries to forwards Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen, Derek Boogaard and Ryan Callahan, none of whom are due to return any time soon. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto has not played since Dec. 18 due to a combination of illness and injury

The Panthers’ injury report seems to be turning around for the new year, as Friday’s game marked the return of forwards Rostislav Olesz, Cory Stillman, and Radek Dvorak from the disabled list.

Rangers’ rookie forward Derek Stepan was riding a five-game scoring streak (4G, 2A) going into Saturday night’s game, while Brandon Dubinsky and Brian Boyle were enjoying four-game point streaks (both 2G, 3A). All three players had their streaks broken in Saturday’s loss, but the game still held some promise. The Rangers managed to scrape a point out of what was sure to be a regulation loss when Marian Gaborik scored off a feed from Dan Girardi with 46 seconds remaining in the third period. The team’s ability to fight back, especially in a physical game, bodes well for the future of the Rangers’ season.

Be sure to check in at 5 o’clock to catch the Rangers and Panthers’ matinee match-up!

 

Posted by Olivia Monaco | January 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm
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