Florida (4-2-0) at NY Rangers (3-1-2), 7:00 pm EDT
NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Two of the surprise teams in the Eastern
Conference meet for the first time this season when the New York
Rangers host the Florida Panthers on Monday.
Florida has missed the postseason the past four seasons while
New York is struggling through a seven-season playoff drought,
but both clubs have gotten an strong early start at ending the
The Rangers have been particularly impressive of late, opening a
four-game homestand with wins over New Jersey and Atlanta by a
combined score of 9-2.
In Saturday's 5-1 victory over Atlanta, Michael Nylander and
Martin Rucinsky both had a goal and an assist and Henrik
Lundqvist made 28 saves to continue a stellar start to his
Lundqvist is 2-0-0 through his first three NHL games and has
allowed just two goals in 50 shots over his last two.
The 23-year-old native of Sweden will face a Panthers' attack
that has yet to score more than three goals in a game but still
sits atop the Southeast Division, due in large part to the
goaltending of Roberto Luongo.
Luongo made 32 saves and three different players notched a goal
in a 3-2 win over Buffalo on Saturday. Mike Van Ryn had three
assists for Florida, which has allowed a league-low 1.67 goals
per game this season.