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Rangers seek third straight win; Huberdeau looks to extend point streak for Florida

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

PANTHERS (7-4-5) at RANGERS (7-6-1)

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


The Game

The New York Rangers seek their first three-game winning streak of the season when they host the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist will make his third straight start for New York, which defeated the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday (5-1) and the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday (4-2).

Goalie Sam Montembeault is expected to start for Florida after Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves in a 2-1 loss at the New York Islanders on Saturday, which ended a three-game point streak (2-0-1).

The Rangers have earned at least one point in 16 of 18 games against the Panthers since the 2013-14 season (13-2-3) and have a point in nine of their past 10 against them (6-1-3). 


Players to watch

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has a four-game point streak (four goals, three assists).

Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past eight games.


They said it

"It doesn't really feel good right now. We lost the game. ... Tomorrow's a new chance and we're already thinking about it." -- Panthers center Aleksander Barkov following a 2-1 loss against the Islanders on Saturday

"We understand what we need to do. I think what's happened over the last few weeks is I think there is clarity on how we're going to have to play to have success. We certainly didn't do that Thursday night other than having an outstanding goaltending performance, but I think our guys are slowly realizing what we're going to have to do night in and night out." -- Rangers coach David Quinn


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Mike Hoffman -- Vincent Trocheck -- Brett Connolly

Frank Vatrano -- Denis Malgin -- Mark Pysyk

Dryden Hunt -- Brian Boyle -- Colton Sceviour

MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Anton Stralman

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Sam Montembeault

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Dominic Toninato

Injured: Noel Acciari (lower body), Jayce Hawryluk (upper body)


Rangers projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Chris Kreider -- Filip Chytil -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Smith -- Greg McKegg -- Micheal Haley

Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba

Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Lias Andersson 

Injured: Mika Zibanejad (upper body), Marc Staal (ankle)


Status report

Staal will be out at least two weeks. Skjei, who was scratched against the Hurricanes, will take his place in the lineup. ... Zibanejad will miss his sixth straight game. ... The Panthers could use the same skaters from their game Saturday.


Stat pack

Panarin has a seven-game point streak (four goals, six assists) and a three-game goal streak. ... The Rangers have scored four goals or more in five of their past seven games. ... Barkov has a goal in four straight games. ... Montembeault is 1-1-1 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in four games (three starts) this season.

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