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Countdown 16: November 26th vs New York Rangers

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
The Panthers 2010-11 season is quickly approaching and with that, is taking a look at the top ten questions, players to watch and games of the season on a countdown to the home opener on October 16th against Tampa Bay. We'll unveil one of the top ten on a rotating basis each day to help fans get ready for what hopes to be an exciting season.

In today's topic, we take a closer look at the game against the New York Rangers on November 26th in the Top 10 Games this season.

The game has become a bit of a tradition in South Florida the last few seasons. The Panthers, the Rangers and Thanksgiving.

Dating back the last three seasons, the two teams have met the day after Thanksgiving during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons and took to the ice on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving last season. This year, they'll move the series back to Black Friday which will make for a great day of festivities.

After all of the fans stock up on all of the great deals at the Sawgrass Mall, Best Buy and other local stores, they can make their way over to the BankAtlantic Center to catch some exciting hockey. They should get their money's worth at least as each of the three previous contests have gone to the shootout. New York has taken the last two affairs.

With a lot of transplant New Yorkers, there should be a lot of Rangers fans in the building which will make for a great atmosphere as Ranger superstars Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist battle it out against Stephen Weiss, David Booth, Tomas Vokoun and the rest of the Panthers.

The Panthers have had success of late against the Rangers, going 9-6-5 against them since the lock out. They also have an active streak in tact, defeating New York (one of three NHL teams this holds true: Atlanta, Montreal) at least once in each of the franchise seasons.

That's why a game against the Rangers is on the Games To Watch list.
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