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Game 73: Daunting roadie opens at MSG

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Florida Panthers (40-23-9 89P) vs New York Rangers (40-24-8 88P)

  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
  • UPCOMING GOODIES: Official watch party in Pembroke Pines... Star Wars Night will be held March 29 vs TOR



  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 3 of 3 (1-0-1)
  • ALL-TIME vs NYR: 33W-41L-6T 3OTL 5SOL 204GF 258GA
  • ALL-TIME at NYR: 14W-24L-4T 1OTL 0SOL 94GF 135GA
  • LAST FIVE vs NYR: 1-3-1 13GF 18GA
  • LAST GAME vs NYR: FLA 3 vs NYR 0 (Kevin's Recap) - 1/2/2016


  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Montoya (10-5-3 2.04/.924 0SO), Lundqvist (31-19-6 2.26/.928 4SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs NYR (regular season): 71GP 29G-59A 88P 5GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaNew York

* Preview:

Florida begins a three-game road trip all against opponents in position to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Rangers, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning). The Panthers hold a two-point lead on the Lightning and three on the Bruins for first place in the Atlantic Division despite a 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. "We keep saying every two points is important here but literally everyone is climbing at each other's necks," forward Nick Bjugstad told the Panthers website. "We can't worry about what other teams are doing, we have to worry on ourselves and stay focused here." (More) Preview:

The Rangers are back home after completing a 1-1-1 trip by allowing their most shots as they were outshot 52-26 in Saturday's 4-1 defeat to San Jose. They have one win in their last five games. ''It was ugly as it's ever been,'' defenseman Marc Staal said. ''That type of game like this at this time of year is garbage. We have to be better. We're just trying to make plays that aren't there. We aren't making plays when we are there. We're fighting it all the way.' (More)


Last game for the Cats: 5-3 loss in SunrisePast five: 3-2-0 18GF 14GA (streak: 1L)

Last game for the Rangers: 4-1 loss in San JosePast five: 1-2-2 11GF 17GA (streak: 2L)


Monday in the Atlantic Division (Standings / Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • Calgary (31-35-6 68P) at TORONTO (25-35-11 61P)
  • Idle: TBL (72GP/87P), BOS (73GP/86P), DET (72GP/83P), OTT (73GP/76P), MTL (72GP/73P), BUF (73GP/68P)


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