|9||NY RANGERS||-230||Ov 5,-135||-235||Ov 5,-125|
|10||FLORIDA||+190||Un 5,+115||+195||Un 5,+105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9-13-0||-5.9||9-13||-5.9||5-13||2.1||28.9||2.5||29.9|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.5||4-1||+2.5||3-1||4.2||28.2||2.0||28.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||45||120||34||37||42||7||7||1386||8.7%||141||23||16.3%||187|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||22||47||8||19||17||3||2||635||7.4%||64||7||10.9%||68|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||21||7||7||6||1||0||141||14.9%||20||3||15.0%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||106||34||35||33||4||10||1295||8.2%||140||26||18.6%||176|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||55||15||19||19||2||5||658||8.4%||64||15||23.4%||95|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||3||4||3||0||1||141||7.1%||11||3||27.3%||16|
|MARTIN BIRON (All Games)||6||6||156||143||91.7%||2||2-4||-2.6||2-4-0||-3||2-3|
|MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)||4||4||105||96||91.4%||2||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||0-3|
|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)||40||39||1133||1050||92.7%||2||22-17||-1||22-17-0||-1||13-18|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)||18||18||550||509||92.5%||2||7-11||-5.9||7-11-0||-5||5-10|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)||4||4||111||102||91.9%||0||3-1||+1.5||3-1-0||+1||3-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7-15-0||-7.8||7-15||-7.8||11-9||2.8||31.1||3.4||30.5|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-5||0-5||-5||3-2||1.2||26.0||4.6||31.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||45||104||33||30||37||4||7||1318||7.9%||134||28||20.9%||160|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||22||62||16||18||26||2||3||685||9.1%||75||17||22.7%||100|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||6||4||2||0||0||0||130||4.6%||14||2||14.3%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||162||57||55||44||6||8||1418||11.4%||144||39||27.1%||274|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||75||28||26||16||5||4||670||11.2%||69||19||27.5%||126|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||23||9||8||6||0||2||155||14.8%||15||6||40.0%||39|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||19||11||421||368||87.4%||0||2-9||-6.8||2-9-0||-7||5-6|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Home Games)||8||5||161||140||87.0%||0||1-4||-3||1-4-0||-3||3-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||2||96||88||91.7%||0||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||20||20||599||540||90.2%||2||6-14||-6||6-14-0||-6||7-11|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Home Games)||9||9||259||232||89.6%||0||3-6||-3||3-6-0||-3||3-4|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||110||95||86.4%||1||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||2-2|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||15||14||391||349||89.3%||1||5-9||-3.4||5-9-0||-4||8-6|
|JOSE THEODORE (Home Games)||9||8||247||224||90.7%||0||3-5||-1.9||3-5-0||-2||5-3|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||68||61||89.7%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.13, FLORIDA 3.11|
|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|
|4/18/2013||FLORIDA||6-1||W||0, -275||W||5 un||O|
|4/19/2013||at BUFFALO||8-4||W||0, -125||W||5 un||O|
|4/21/2013||NEW JERSEY||4-1||W||0, -180||W||5 un||P|
|4/23/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|4/25/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|4/27/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|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||1-6||L||0, +240||L||5 un||O|
|4/20/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-6||L||0, +175||L||5 un||O|
|4/21/2013||at BOSTON||0-3||L||0, +275||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/23/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|4/27/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY RANGERS-FLORIDA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Panthers Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (24-17-4) at Florida (13-26-6), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The New York Rangers appear to be peaking at the right time, and a ticket to the postseason isn't very far away.
The Rangers look for a season high-tying fourth straight victory and ninth in 12 games Tuesday night when they visit the Florida Panthers, losers of six in a row.
If ninth-place Winnipeg loses in regulation at Buffalo on Monday night, New York (24-17-4) will wrap up its third straight postseason appearance with a victory over the Panthers. Regardless of what happens Monday, the Rangers could still clinch a berth Tuesday depending on the result of this game and Winnipeg's visit to Washington.
The Rangers are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference but have a chance to climb as high as fifth.
New York continued its drive toward the playoffs with a 4-1 win over New Jersey on Sunday behind Ryan Callahan's two goals and Henrik Lundqvist's 26 saves.
Derek Stepan also scored, giving him six goals and nine assists this month as the Rangers have gone 8-2-1.
"We're playing our best hockey we've played all year," said Callahan, who has six points over the past four games. "Now is the time to do that. We've been playing playoff-style hockey the last couple of games. These are must-wins for us. It gives us a dress rehearsal for the playoffs."
Lundqvist has certainly looked playoff-ready. He's 8-2-1 with a 1.79 goals-against average while starting each of the past 11 games.
"It's like the playoffs have been going on for a couple of weeks," Lundqvist said. "It's fun to be out there. I don't want to sit on the bench."
He's won eight of his last 11 starts with a 1.27 GAA against the Panthers (13-26-6), who have scored a league-low 101 goals.
Florida has been outscored 30-8 during its six-game losing streak and is coming off a 3-0 defeat at Boston on Sunday.
"There was enough try to give us an opportunity to be very competitive in this game," said coach Kevin Dineen, whose Panthers have an NHL-low 32 points. "At the end of it, you have to find a way with what we have to try to create some kind of offense."
Making matters worse, leading goal scorer Tomas Kopecky missed Sunday's contest and is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.
One day after allowing six straight goals in a 6-2 loss at New Jersey, Jacob Markstrom gave up two to the Bruins as he made 36 saves but suffered his sixth straight loss. Markstrom had 44 saves in his only career start versus the Rangers, a 3-1 road win March 21.
Lundqvist lost that game but came back to make 34 saves in a 6-1 home victory over Florida on Thursday. Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello each scored twice against Panthers backup Scott Clemmensen, who has dropped five consecutive starts to the Rangers while posting a 4.25 GAA.
Rick Nash had a goal and two assists in last week's meeting, and the Rangers are 12-3-1 when he scores.
New York has won four of five against the Panthers.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 6:18:05 PM EST|