Preview: Rangers @ Panthers, 11/21/15

Game #20
New York Rangers (14-3-2 / 30 PTS) @ Florida Panthers (8-8-3 / 19 PTS)
Saturday, November 21, 2015 – 7:00PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

Projected Line Combinations

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11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 61 Nash – 16 Brassard – 36 Zuccarello
36 Jokinen – 27 Bjugstad – 73 Pirri L2 20 Kreider – 21 Stepan – 10 Miller
18 Smith – 21 Trocheck – 23 Grimaldi L3 24 Lindberg – 13 Hayes – 25 Stalberg
42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 63 Bolland L4 28 Moore – 26 Stoll – 19 Fast
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 27 McDonagh – 5 Girardi
Kampfer – 6 Petrovic D2 18 Staal – 22 Boyle
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 93 Yandle – 8 Klein
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 30 Lundqvist – 32 Raanta
Thornton, Wilson X Etem, McIlrath
 Kulikov, Savard, Hodges INJ

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 7 8 15
2. Vincent Trocheck 7 6 13
3. Jussi Jokinen 4 8 12
4. Nick Bjugstad 6 5 11
5. Reilly Smith 5 6 11

New York Rangers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Mats Zuccarello 9 9 18
2. Derick Brassard 6 7 13
3. Oscar Lindberg 7 5 12
4. Kevin Hayes 5 7 12
5. Rick Nash 2 8 10

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 6-7-2 .928 2.33

New York Rangers

Name Record Save % GAA
Henrik Lundqvist 10-3-2 .946 1.71

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face the New York Rangers on Saturday night following another disappointing loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night. The Panthers overcomplicated their game by attempting to make the extra pass instead of shooting the puck and looked the best they did all night in the final minutes. Aleksander Barkov scored the lone goal of the game as he crossed the blue-line and went for a simple wrist shot which went through goaltender Frederick Andersen. Brandon Pirri, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Shawn Thornton were among the players who had decent scoring chances, but overall, the Panthers didn’t give their best effort despite yet another impressive goaltender performance by Roberto Luongo.

The Rangers enter Saturday night’s game having suffered their first regulation loss in about a month after losing 2-1 to the Lightning on Thursday night. The Blueshirts were on a 9-game winning streak before the loss to the Lightning and had only lost two games in regulation through their first 18 games, and their balanced, speed forward lines have provided their stellar goaltending with offensive support. Dominic Moore scored the lone goal for the Rangers while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 28 shots on goal, however they remain tied for the 2nd best team in the league. They are tied with the Canadiens for the best goal differential in the league (+24) and have also allowed the fewest goals in the league (34). It’s going to be tough sledding for a Panthers team that has played with a very inconsistent effort level since the beginning of the season, and they’ll need to start directing more pucks to the net if they want to score some goals.

Jonathan Huberdeau was on a 5-game point streak prior to last game and currently has a goal and 5 assists in his last 8 games. Jaromir Jagr had 5 points in his last 5 games. For the Rangers, Mats Zuccarello has 7 points in his last 5 games including 2 three-point games.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Ducks on Thursday night for their 19th game of the season and lost 3-1 in regulation. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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