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GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at New York Rangers

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Sinking Cats need a win to keep hope afloat

New York Rangers v Florida Panthers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Panthers (30-28-11 71P) vs Rangers (44-24-2 90P)

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  • WHEN: 7 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, MSG, NHLN
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #NYR, #FLAvsNYR, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Blueshirt Banter
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • BACK-TO-BACK? (FLA/NYR): Back/Front
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 3 of 3 (1-1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs NYR (RS): 34W-43L-60T 3TL 5SOL 211GF 269GA
  • ALL-TIME at NYR (RS): 15W-25L-4T 1OTL 0SOL 99GF 141GA
  • LAST FIVE vs NYR (RS): 2-2-1 14GF 16GA
  • LAST MEETING: NYR 5 at FLA 2 - (Todd’s Recap) - 03/07/2017
  • NEXT MEETING (RS): 2017-18 season
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (13-13-5 .919/2.58 0SO) vs Raanta (14-7-0 .921/2.29 3SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs NYR (RS): 74GP 29G-59A 88P +13 5GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / New York

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Scouting Report: So much has gone right for the New York Rangers this season, yet they will be looking to fix one major issue when they host the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.

The Rangers (44-24-2) have not won on home ice since Feb. 19, losing five straight at The Garden, dropping their home record to a pedestrian 19-15-2. That is in stark contrast to the Rangers' league-best 25-9-0 mark away from MSG this year.

"If we knew what the problem was, we would fix it," said Rangers alternate captain Derek Stepan. "We strive to play the same game, home and away, but the results have not been there the way we'd like at home."

New York has been outscored 19-8 during the five-game home skid; and the Rangers are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday at MSG.

With Henrik Lundqvist sidelined 2-3 weeks by a hip injury, it now falls on backup goaltender Antti Raanta to carry the load, both at home and on the road, for the Rangers, who sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division and comfortably in the top wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. (More via AP)

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Last action from the Cats: 2-1 (REG) loss in Columbus last night. Past five: 1-4 (streak: 1L)

Last action from da Rags: 3-2 (REG) home loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. Past five: 3-2 (streak: 1L)

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Friday in the Atlantic (Standings/Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • BUFFALO (28-30-12 68P) at Anaheim (37-23-10 84P), 10:00
  • Idle: MON (86P), OTT (85P), BOS (82P), TB (77P), TOR (76P), DET (63P)

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