|51||FLORIDA||+230||Ov 5,-125||+230||Ov 5,+100|
|52||NY RANGERS||-270||Un 5,+105||-270||Un 5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6-14-0||-5.4||6-14||-5.4||7-13||1.9||27.8||3.6||32.3|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-2.6||1-4||-2.6||3-2||2.0||25.6||4.0||32.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||42||101||30||30||37||4||7||1242||8.1%||129||27||20.9%||154|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||20||39||14||12||11||2||4||557||7.0%||54||10||18.5%||54|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||3||3||4||0||0||128||7.8%||14||3||21.4%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||147||53||49||39||6||7||1316||11.2%||135||36||26.7%||248|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||72||25||23||23||1||3||646||11.1%||66||17||25.8%||122|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||20||10||8||2||0||1||160||12.5%||21||7||33.3%||34|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||18||10||391||344||88.0%||0||2-8||-5.8||2-8-0||-6||4-6|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Road Games)||10||5||230||204||88.7%||0||1-4||-2.8||1-4-0||-3||1-4|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||1||66||64||97.0%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||18||18||528||477||90.3%||1||6-12||-4||6-12-0||-4||6-10|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Road Games)||9||9||269||245||91.1%||1||3-6||-1||3-6-0||-1||3-6|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||93||76||81.7%||0||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||3-1|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||15||14||391||349||89.3%||1||5-9||-3.4||5-9-0||-4||8-6|
|JOSE THEODORE (Road Games)||6||6||144||125||86.8%||1||2-4||-1.6||2-4-0||-2||3-3|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||68||61||89.7%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||13-8-0||+0.3||13-8||+0.3||9-8||3.0||33.3||2.3||27.4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||2-1||2.6||32.2||2.2||30.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||42||102||27||31||37||7||7||1305||7.8%||130||20||15.4%||160|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||21||63||22||16||21||4||5||699||9.0%||67||13||19.4%||102|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||0||7||4||2||2||161||8.1%||19||2||10.5%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||100||33||32||31||4||10||1205||8.3%||133||24||18.0%||167|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||49||18||16||13||2||5||575||8.5%||73||11||15.1%||77|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||4||4||0||1||153||7.2%||13||2||15.4%||18|
|MARTIN BIRON (All Games)||6||6||156||143||91.7%||2||2-4||-2.6||2-4-0||-3||2-3|
|MARTIN BIRON (Home Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||0-2||-2.7||0-2-0||-3||2-0|
|MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||104||94||90.4%||2||1-3||-2.6||1-3-0||-3||1-2|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)||37||36||1043||966||92.6%||2||19-17||-4||19-17-0||-4||11-18|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Home Games)||20||19||521||481||92.3%||0||13-6||+3||13-6-0||+2||7-8|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||94||91.3%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: FLORIDA 3.1, NY RANGERS 3.21|
|3/23/2013||at NEW JERSEY||1-2||L||0, +170||L||5 ov||U|
|3/24/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||0-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/26/2013||at TORONTO||2-3||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/28/2013||BUFFALO||5-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||NEW JERSEY||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||P|
|4/2/2013||at TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, +130||W||5.5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||WASHINGTON||3-4||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/7/2013||OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||U|
|4/11/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-7||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/13/2013||PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/16/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||2-5||L||0, +180||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/18/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|4/20/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/21/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|4/23/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|4/27/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/24/2013||WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, -155||L||5 ov||P|
|3/26/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||5-2||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||O|
|3/28/2013||at OTTAWA||0-3||L||0, -120||L||5 un||U|
|3/30/2013||at MONTREAL||0-3||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||WINNIPEG||4-2||W||0, -155||W||5 ev||O|
|4/3/2013||PITTSBURGH||6-1||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|4/5/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-2||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||at CAROLINA||4-1||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||P|
|4/8/2013||at TORONTO||3-4||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||O|
|4/10/2013||TORONTO||3-2||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||P|
|4/13/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||1-0||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||U|
|4/16/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||2-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/19/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|4/21/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/23/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|4/25/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|4/27/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
LAST SEASON: 38-26-18, 94 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Kevin Dineen, 2nd season with Panthers, 38-26-18; 2nd overall in NHL.
ADDED: D Filip Kuba, C Peter Mueller, RW George Parros, RW Alex Kovalev.
LOST: D Jason Garrison, LW Wojtek Wolski, C John Madden.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Kovalev. He's still strong and talented, and could be the perfect fit for a second line that sometimes struggled with scoring a year ago. Plus, considering how much Florida struggles with shootouts, someone like Kovalev could pay immediate dividends.
OUTLOOK: Most of the team that won the Southeast Division title last season is back. The Panthers might have one of the best 1-2 goaltending combos in the league with Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. If health isn't an issue, the Panthers could go deeper in the playoffs this time around.
|NY RANGERS: |
LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.
COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.
LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (FLORIDA-NY RANGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Panthers-Rangers Preview* ==========================
By TOM CASTRO STATS Senior Editor
Florida (13-23-6) at New York (21-17-4), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Inconsistency has been the hallmark of the New York Rangers' season - one that could end without a playoff appearance if they can't finally conquer the problem over the last six games.
The Rangers look to bounce back from a lackluster loss when they continue a season-closing stretch against teams out of playoff position by hosting the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
New York (21-17-4) had gone 5-1-1 in seven games coming into Tuesday's road contest against Philadelphia, which has endured a rough 2013 and is likely to miss the postseason. The Rangers had also won 11 of 12 against the Flyers.
New York, though, trailed 2-0 after the first period and couldn't make up the difference despite dominating the final 20 minutes, outshooting Philadelphia 17-4 but losing 3-2.
"Every game is a playoff game, we know that," captain Ryan Callahan said. "It's so tight battling for that playoff spot. Every point is really important right now. We have to put this behind us, and we've got another huge game Thursday."
New York holds the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, but it's tied with Winnipeg with 46 points and is only ahead of the Jets due to having fewer regulation losses and a game in hand. Winnipeg has won four in a row.
The Rangers have been unable to put together prolonged stretches of outstanding play in this shortened season, often turning in momentum-killing efforts that have them fighting just to make the playoffs. They were coming off a 1-0 overtime victory over the Islanders on Saturday that represented one of their best games of the season.
New York won't be able to blame stiff competition down the stretch if it fails to reach the playoffs a season after advancing to the conference finals. The Rangers have two games left against NHL-worst Florida, along with two against a New Jersey club that's lost 10 in a row and matchups with Buffalo and Carolina.
Asked if there's enough desperation driving the Rangers late in the season, Callahan said, "It is at times. Consistently, I don't think it's there."
As a result, Thursday's contest becomes a critical one for New York, winner of three in a row at home. With the streaking Jets hosting the Hurricanes, the Rangers could find themselves out of playoff position by the end of the night if they don't take advantage of the struggling Panthers (13-23-6).
Florida has dropped three straight and four of five since a season-high three-game winning streak, scoring seven goals in the past four games. The Panthers' 101 goals are the second fewest in the East - one fewer than the Rangers' total.
Florida couldn't help the Rangers out Tuesday, falling 5-2 to the Islanders, who moved three points up on their area rivals for the seventh seed.
"All we can do is continue trying our best and playing for pride," defenseman Mike Weaver said. "We have to keep playing hard."
Outshot 15-7 in the first period, the Panthers did hold a 12-7 shot advantage in the third.
Florida snapped a three-game skid in this series with a 3-1 road victory March 21, getting 44 saves from Jacob Markstrom. The third-year goalie has struggled of late, however, going 0-4-0 with a 5.87 goals-against average in his last four starts and getting pulled Tuesday after allowing five goals on 18 shots.
Rangers forward Brian Boyle left with a lower-body injury against the Flyers and didn't return. His status is uncertain.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 8:03:41 AM EST|