NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, January 26th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (17-20-10-3) at New York Rangers (18-20-7-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two days after starting Jaromir Jagr's tenure with a
whimper, the New York Rangers try to halt a four-game losing streak tonight
when they welcome the Florida Panthers to Madison Square Garden.
The Blueshirts were trashed 9-1 by the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre on
Saturday, after acquiring Jagr from Washington for winger Anson Carter on
Jagr was held pointless with a minus-2 rating as New York was handed its worst
defeat since losing 10-2 on March 6, 1993, to the Quebec Nordiques.
"It looked like everyone was standing around waiting for Jagr to win the game
for them," said Rangers GM/coach Glen Sather, who had been flirting with the
idea of obtaining Jagr for some time.
Matthew Barnaby scored the lone goal for the Rangers, now owners of a six-game
winless streak (0-4-2). Jussi Markkanen stopped 13-of-19 shots, playing the
first and third periods while Jason LaBarbera had just three saves on six
shots in his one period of work in the middle frame.
The Rangers, who are 0-2-1 in their last three at MSG, open a three-game
homestand tonight and will welcome Jagr's old mates, the Capitals, on
Florida, meanwhile, has won two straight games and is 5-3-1-1 in the last 10
overall. On Saturday, Roberto Luongo made 43 saves, including a penalty
shot, to back a 2-1 win in Boston. Luongo turned away 12 shots in the first
period, 13 in the second and 18 in the third for the Panthers, who snapped a
four-game winless streak in the series (1-2-2).
Juraj Kolnik and Valeri Bure both scored in the first period to provide the
offense needed. Bure has managed 16 goals and 16 assists in his last 39 games
Florida, 7-11-5-1 on the road, will host Philadelphia on Wednesday.
New York is 1-0-1 against Florida this season, and 7-1-1 in the last nine
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