LBC GameDay Caterwaul: Rangers at Panthers

Game 20: Powerhouse Rags in town as Cats look to shake off recent pop-gun offense

New York Rangers (14-3-2 30P) vs Florida Panthers (8-8-3 19P)

  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Miami Ft. Lauderdale Sunrise, FL
  • TICKETS: Single Game via the club/

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  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, MSG+
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  • ENEMY INTEL: Blueshirt Banter
  • SB NATION: Game Page /

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  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 3 (0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs NYR: 32W-41L-6T 2OTL 5SOL 197GF 253GA
  • ALL-TIME at FLA: 18W-17L-2T 1OTL 5SOL 103GF 118GA
  • LAST FIVE vs NYR: 0-4-1 9GF 20GA/

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  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (6-7-2 .928/2.33 1SO), Lundqvist (10-3-2 .946/1.71 1SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs NYR (reg season): 69GP 28G-59A 87P 5GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / New York /
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  • NOTES: Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 77 of 79 shots in his last two starts...The Rangers are 6-0 against Florida the past two seasons and have won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the two clubs...New York will roll with the same lineup that lost 2-1 Thursday night in Tampa Bay. That loss ended the Broadway Blueshirts nine-game winning streak, which was one off the franchise record...The Cats are a mediocre 5-4-1 on home ice, while the Rags are a very tough road team, boasting a 5-2-1 record...Henrik Lundqvist is 13-4 with a 1.58 GAA and 2 shutouts in his past 17 games against Florida...The Panthers will need its 8th ranked power play to click and its 25th ranked penalty kill to have a good night against the Metropolitan Division's finest.
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"We didn’t play real well. (Anaheim is) a big, physical team, and we didn’t respond. Our guys didn’t want the puck enough. You can’t win a game with your goalie standing on his head."

- Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant following Thursday's loss to the Ducks (Miami Herald).

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Last game for the Cats: 3-1 home loss vs Anaheim. Past five: 3-2 13GF 13GA (streak: 1L)

Last game for the Rags: 2-1 (REG) loss at Tampa Bay Thursday. Past five: 4-1 16GF 9GA (streak: 1L)

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NHL.com Preview:

The Rangers have won 10 of the past 12 games against the Panthers (10-2-0) dating back to Dec. 11, 2011. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who lost for the first time in seven games on Thursday, has allowed two or fewer goals in 10 consecutive road games played dating to March 31. He is 13-4-0 with a 1.58 goals-against average, .941 save percentage and two shutouts in his past 17 games against the Panthers. (More)

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

  • TORONTO (6-9-4 16P) at BOSTON (9-8-1 19P), 7:00 NHLN
  • Philadelphia (6-8-5 17P) at OTTAWA (9-5-5 23P), 7:00
  • Anaheim (7-9-4 18P) at TAMPA BAY (9-9-3 21P), 7:00
  • DETROIT (10-8-2 22P) at St. Louis (13-6-1 27P), 8:00
  • BUFFALO (8-9-2 18P) at Dallas (16-4 32P), 8:00
  • Idle: MON (32P)/

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