The Rangers face-off against the Florida Panthers today at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m.), in the second game of a home-and-home set. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 17-7-2, and rank first in the Eastern Conference with 36 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Panthers, 4-3, in a shootout on Friday at the BankAtlantic Center, and have won six of their last eight games. Following today's match, the Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Panthers, 8-11-3, currently rank 14th in the Eastern Conference standings with 19 points, and have lost four of their last five games (1-2-2).
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Today's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on WABC (770 AM).Rangers vs Panthers Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers are 10-4-1 at home this season; The Panthers have posted a 3-8-1 record in 12 road contests.
* The Rangers are 6-1-0 against the Southeast Division this season; The Panthers have posted a 1-1-2 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.
* The Blueshirts rank third in the NHL in goals against average, allowing just 2.26 goals per game.
* The Rangers have out-shot their opponents in 17 of 26 contests this season, and rank fourth in the league with 33.1 shots per game.
* The Blueshirts have won their last three meetings with Florida at MSG, outscoring the Panthers, 12-3, over the span.
* New York has posted a 12-4-1-3 record in the last 20 games vs. the Panthers.
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a 7-2-0 record, along with a 1.96 goals against average and three shutouts in nine career regular season appearances vs. Florida.
* Scott Gomez has registered 27 points (eight goals and 19 assists) in 31 career games vs. the Panthers; Markus Naslund has notched 19 points (six goals and 13 assists) in 23 career games vs. Florida; Chris Drury has recorded 17 points (seven goals and 10 assists) in 24 career contests vs. the Panthers.
* Naslund enters today's contest riding a five-game scoring streak, registering six points (three goals and three assists) over the span.
* Michal Rozsival has tallied five assists in the last three contests; Nikolai Zherdev has recorded seven points (one goal and six assists) in the last four games.
* Gomez is two assists shy of 400 career assists.
* Corey Potter, the Rangers' third choice (122nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has registered two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 22 penalty minutes in 19 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season; Potter is currently tied for the team lead among defensemen in goals (two), assists (eight) and points (10).
* The Rangers' roster lists no former Panthers.
* The Panthers' roster lists one former Ranger; Radek Dvorak (1999-00 to 2002-03). All Time – Rangers vs. Panthers
At MSG: 17-9-4-0
At Florida: 16-11-2-32008-09 - Rangers vs. Panthers
Nov. 26 Rangers 4, Panthers 3 (SO) at Sunrise, Fla.
Nov. 30 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG
Feb. 13 Rangers vs. Panthers at Sunrise, Fla.
Feb. 26 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG
Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Nov. 30 Rangers vs. Florida, 1 p.m.
Dec. 3 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Dec. 4 Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 Rangers vs. Calgary, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 Ranger at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-2-0
Last 10 NYR games: 6-3-1Injuries
* The Rangers have lost seven manpower games due to injury or illness this season.Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack hit the quarter-pole of their season on Saturday night and snapped a two-game losing streak, with a 2-1 victory at home over Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate). The Pack trailed, 1-0, heading into the third period, and secured the win on Jordan Owens’ goal with 30.8 seconds left in regulation. The triumph was only the Wolf Pack’s second in the last six games (2-3-0-1), and Saturday night’s game was their only home game in a span of eight outings. Ken Gernander’s club had dropped a 4-1 decision in Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) on Friday, despite outshooting the Sound Tigers by a margin of 46-25. The Wolf Pack complete a three-game weekend today (4:05) with a visit to Providence (Boston)
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