To get by this stretch without several of their regulars, the New York Rangers might need a little bit of luck.
They’ll hope to have it on the luckiest day on the calendar, as they welcome in the Florida Panthers for a St. Patrick’s Day showdown (7:00, MSG).
The Rangers (44-24-2) will be going up against a Floridian team in the thick of the playoff chase for the second consecutive game, though their first part of the set didn’t go the way they liked, falling 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. The Rangers were done in by a pair of goals by Brayden Point, even though they themselves had goals from Steven Kampfer, his first goal as a Ranger, and Michael Grabner, his team-high 27th and first since February 9.
Florida (30-28-11) is slowly fading out of the Eastern Conference wild card picture, currently seven points of the final spot, trailing Toronto. They didn’t help their case last night, falling 2-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jonathan Marchessault scored the lone Panther goal, putting them up 1-0 after the first period. Overall, the Panthers are 1-5-1 to open March.
This will be the third and final meeting between the Rangers and Panthers this season, with the two teams splitting thus far, winning on the other’s home ice. The Rangers won the recent meet-up in Sunrise 10 days ago, a 5-2 triumph. Henrik Lundqvist, who was later revealed to have sustained an injury in the game, made 43 saves, while Tanner Glass earned a goal and an assist.