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Preview: Panthers at Rangers

Florida forward Aleksander Barkov will play; goalie Henrik Lundqvist in net for New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

PANTHERS (9-8-1) at RANGERS (13-5-0)

7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-F, NHL.TV


Panthers team scope

Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov has been cleared to play after he was pulled by NHL concussion spotters as a precaution following a second-period hit during a 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. The Panthers are playing their final game of a four-game road trip. They have won two of the first three including Saturday, when Jaromir Jagr broke a 13-game streak without a goal by scoring and having two assists. Goalie Roberto Luongo made 39 saves in Ottawa for his fourth consecutive win and seventh of the season. Luongo needs four wins to tie Terry Sawchuk (447) for fifth on the NHL's all-time wins list. The Panthers did not have a morning skate on Sunday.


Rangers team scope

The New York Rangers are back home after going 3-1-0 on a four-game road trip. They won the first three games in Western Canada against the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks, but lost 4-2 at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Forward Michael Grabner scored four goals on the road trip to give him a team-high 11. He is tied for second in the League in goals with Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa. The Rangers are 8-2-0 and are outscoring the opposition 45-24 at home, where they lead the League in goals and goals per game (4.50) at home this season. They also lead the League in total goals (74) and goals per game (4.11). Goalie Henrik Lundqvist will mak his third straight start. He allowed three goals on 23 shots in the loss at Columbus. 


Panthers projected lineup

Jussi Jokinen -- Aleksander Barkov -- Jaromir Jagr

Jonathan Marchessault -- Vincent Trocheck -- Reilly Smith

Seth Griffith -- Denis Malgin -- Colton Sceviour

Jared McCann -- Derek MacKenzie -- Shawn Thornton

Keith Yandle -- Jason Demers

Jakub Kindl -- Aaron Ekblad

Michael Matheson -- Mark Pysyk  

James Reimer

Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Dylan McIlrath, Greg McKegg, Kyle Rau  

Injured: Alex Petrovic (lower body), Jonathan Huberdeau (Achilles), Nick Bjugstad (hand)


Rangers projected lineup

Jimmy Vesey -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

Chris Kreider -- Derek Stepan -- Rick Nash

J.T. Miller -- Kevin Hayes -- Michael Grabner

Brandon Pirri -- Josh Jooris -- Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh -- Dan Girardi

Marc Staal -- Nick Holden

Brady Skjei -- Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Oscar Lindberg, Adam Clendening

Injured: Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms)


Status report

Buchnevich will miss his fourth consecutive game and ninth of the season with what was initially believed to be back spasms. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he will have an MRI exam on Monday. … Jooris will be in the lineup for the first time since injuring his shoulder on Oct. 26. He has missed the past 11 games. … McIlrath did not play Saturday, but if he gets in the lineup Sunday he will join Yandle in playing their former team. McIlrath was traded to the Panthers on Nov. 8. 

Who's hot

In addition to Jagr's three-point game against Ottawa, Barkov had two assists and Jokinen scored his first goal of the season for the Panthers. Yandle has seven assists in the past 10 games. … Grabner has four goals in his past four games for the Rangers. Holden and Zibanejad each have three points in the past two.

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