The New York Rangers (10-4-3) visit the Florida Panthers (11-6-3) at BankAtlantic Center tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
TV: MSG; Radio: ESPN Radio 1050AM, XM 205
Henrik Lundqvist – 7-3-3, 2.13 gaa, .933 sv%, 1 so.
Jose Theodore – 8-4-2, 2.50 gaa, .920 sv%, 1 so
– The Panthers are in first place in the Southeast Division.
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– Kris Versteeg has six goals and six assists over his last 12 games.
– Brian Campbell, acquired in a trade from Chicago, is second among defensemen in the NHL with 16 assists.
– Jose Theodore has won back-to-back starts against the Rangers, stopping 70 of 71 shots in those victories.
– The Panthers are 2-0-0 on their current four-game homestand after dropping five of seven there to start the season.
– Tomas Fleischmann has five goals and five assists during a seven-game home point streak.
– The Panthers’ top line of Stephen Weiss, Versteeg and Fleischmann has accounted for 27 goals and 37 assists this season.
– Former Ranger Mikael Samuelsson (abdominal) hasn’t played since joining the Panthers in the Oct. 22 trade with Vancouver. He is skating on his own and is expected to start practicing next week.
– Scott Upshall (hip) will be out at least the next six weeks but is not expected to need surgery.
2011-12 Season Series:
Nov. 23 Rangers vs. Panthers at Florida
Dec. 11 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG
Dec. 30 Rangers vs. Panthers at Florida
Jan. 5 Rangers vs. Panthers at MSG