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Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Attendance: 17,016
Panthers, Rangers look to get on track
Florida Panthers at New York Rangers
- The Panthers lost to the Red Wings, 4-3, in overtime at home on Saturday. Each of their first six games has been decided by one goal or in a shootout, tied for the longest streak to start a season since the 2004-05 lockout. The NHL record is eight, done by the 1930-31 New York Americans.
- Nick Bjugstad had a goal and an assist in the loss to Detroit, giving him three points this season. Last year, he set a career high with 49 points -- his eight multi-point games last season were also a career high.
- Five of the last six games between these teams have been decided by one goal or a shootout, with Florida going 4-1-1 in those six games. Both teams have scored multiple goals in every game.
- The Rangers lost to the Flames, 4-1, at home on Sunday. It was their 10th home loss by at least three goals since the start of last season -- only three teams (Buffalo -- 14, Edmonton -- 11, Islanders -- 11) have had more.
- Mika Zibanejad scored New York's lone goal, and now has three goals in his last four games, including goals in back-to-back games. Last season, he had two streaks of 3+ games with a goal -- his first four games of the season, and a five-game streak in March.
- Panthers goaltenders have combined for a .714 save percentage on the penalty kill, the lowest in the league. They've killed off just two-thirds of their penalties, also the lowest in the league. The Rangers have at least one power-play goal in each of their last three games.
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NEW YORK -- The NHL season is less than a month old, but the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers will be looking to escape some not-so-select company Tuesday night, when the Rangers host the Panthers at Madison Square Garden.
Both teams lost their most recent games. The Rangers dropped a 4-1 decision to the visiting Calgary Flames on Sunday night. The host Panthers fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday night.
The defeats continued frustrating months for the Rangers (2-5-1), who have one regulation/overtime win, and Panthers (1-2-3), who have yet to win outside of the shootout. Only two other teams -- the rebuilding Red Wings and the Arizona Coyotes, who have missed the playoffs the last six seasons -- have one regulation/overtime win or fewer.
The loss to the Flames was only the second one this season in which the Rangers fell by more than one goal, but dropping a game that they controlled offensively is nothing new for New York, which outshot Calgary 45-26 and is outshooting opponents 275-266 thus far.
"I feel like these types of games are starting to add up, unfortunately," Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said Sunday night. "We are playing good enough to win games, but we are not finding ways to win games. It's obviously something we need to change fast."
The Panthers have gotten off to an even more agonizing start. All of Florida's losses have been by one goal. In hopes of changing up his team's fortunes, head coach Bob Boughner tinkered with his back end at practice Monday, when he partnered Keith Yandle with Alexander Petrovic and Aaron Ekblad with Mike Matheson.
The Panthers have allowed 25 goals, which was tied for ninth most in the NHL entering play Monday night.
"We're just trying different things," Boughner told reporters following practice. "We could have four or five wins and have been to overtime five times. Those are fine lines in having a better record than it is. At this point of the season, I'm still looking for that extra level of protecting leads, playing a complete 60 (minutes). I want to see us respond."
Michael Hutchinson, who has been splitting time in net for the Panthers with James Reimer while starter Roberto Luongo recovers from a knee injury, will start at goalie Tuesday night. Hutchinson took the loss Saturday night, when he stopped 27 shots against the Red Wings.
The Rangers are likely to counter with Lundqvist, who has started seven of eight games this season, including the last five in a row. Lundqvist was saddled with the loss Sunday night after recording 22 saves against the Flames.
Hutchinson is 1-1-0 in three career appearances against the Rangers. Lundqvist is 24-10-3 in 38 games against the Panthers.
The game Tuesday concludes a brief two-game homestand for the Rangers and starts a multi-country road trip for the Panthers, who visit the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils on Wednesday and Saturday before playing a pair of games against the Winnipeg Jets in Finland on Nov. 1-2.
Updated October 23, 2018