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Rangers at Panthers preview

Florida coach Quenneville eyes 900th NHL victory; New York goalie Lundqvist can tie Joseph for fifth in wins

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

RANGERS (8-7-2) at PANTHERS (9-5-5)

7 p.m. ET; FS-F, MSG 2, NHL.TV 


The Game 

Joel Quenneville will try to become the second coach in NHL history to win 900 games and goalie Henrik Lundqvist can tie Curtis Joseph for fifth place (454) on the NHL wins list when the Florida Panthers play the New York Rangers at BB&T Center on Saturday.

Quenneville, in his first season with the Panthers, is 899-537-142 with 77 ties, trailing Hockey Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins). Florida lost 4-3 to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Lundqvist allowed four goals on 19 shots in relief of Alexandar Georgiev in New York's 9-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

The Rangers are 5-2-1 in their past eight games.


Players to watch

Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in a 10-game point streak.

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in a seven-game point streak.


They said it

"What we have done a good job of after a game of what you saw Thursday night, we've done a good job of bouncing back and playing much better. I'm banking on that trend continuing." -- Rangers coach David Quinn

"I think they're coming in here a little [mad] from their last game. You saw during the game when we were in New York that they're a highly skilled team with a lot of speed. We've got to match that and try to play a solid defensive game. The guys up front will take care of the offense." -- Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk

Rangers projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Chris Kreider -- Filip Chytil -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Kaapo Kakko

Greg McKegg -- Lias Andersson -- Brendan Smith

Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba

Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Micheal Haley

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


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Brian Boyle -- Vincent Trocheck -- Brett Connolly

Frank Vatrano -- Denis Malgin -- Mike Hoffman

Dryden Hunt -- Noel Acciari -- Colton Sceviour

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Anton Stralman

Mark Pysyk -- Josh Brown

Sergei Bobrovsky

Sam Montembeault

Scratched: None

Injured: Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), MacKenzie Weegar (upper body)


Status report 

Trouba, who left the game Thursday with an upper-body injury, participated in the morning skate and will play. Kakko is a game-time decision after he missed the loss to the Lightning with the flu.


Stat pack 

Buchnevich has seven assists in a five-game point streak. … Huberdeau has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past seven games and is one assist from passing Stephen Weiss (249) for most in Panthers history.

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