Game Thread: Rangers vs Panthers

Tonight the Rangers have a chance to win their fifth straight game and ninth straight game at home.

The Rangers are 10-4-2 at home this season and are 8-2-0 in their last ten games. It's safe to say that they are expected to improve both of those records tonight against the Panthers, but as we all know it's sometimes the "easy" games that give the Blueshirts the most trouble. That's probably because there's no such thing as an easy game in the NHL.

Tonight the Panthers will be without both Radim Vrbata and Evgenii Dadonov. Both first-year Panthers are expected to miss significant time with injuries. James Reimer will start the game in goal for Florida opposite of Henrik Lundqvist.

Florida comes into tonight's game with the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference (9-12-2). A win tonight against the Rangers would mean a lot more than two points in the standings for a Panthers team that is off to a brutal start this season. Look for the Rangers to bounce back after a sloppy and narrow victory against the Canucks on Sunday night.

For more on the opposing team: Litter Box Cats

Enjoy the game. Let's go Rangers.