Florida Panthers at New York Rangers game preview – FOXSports.com
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The New York Rangers are scoring at a prolific pace this season, and could continue to do so against a team they’ve dominated.
Looking to avoid consecutive home losses for the first time this season, New York meets the Florida Panthers on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers (13-5-0) lead the league with 74 goals scored, an average of 4.1 per game. That has them on pace for 357 goals, which would be their first season with at least 300 since 1992-93 and also shatter the franchise record of 321 set in 1991-92.
New York has won 12 of the last 15 overall over Florida, including five straight and seven of eight on home ice. Over the last 15 meetings, the Rangers are 10-0-0 when scoring at least three goals.
Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo is 8-13-2 with one tie and a 2.90 goals-against average in his career against the Rangers. He turned away 40 shots for his third career shutout of New York in the Panthers’ 3-0 win on Jan. 2.
Backup James Reimer has allowed at least three goals in three of five career starts against New York.
The Rangers fell to the lowly Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 8 before embarking on a four-game road trip. After scoring 14 goals in three wins across western Canada, New York fell 4-2 to former coach John Tortorella and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
“We probably didn’t have as much jump, but we’ve got to play high percentage when we’re not clicking on all cylinders,” Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh told Newsday.
New York is 0-4-0 when scoring fewer than three goals in a game. Only one of those losses