SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers are seemingly going in opposite directions ... yet they are in virtually the same spot.
The Rangers, who decided this past February to trade assets and start a rebuilding process in 2018-2019 with a first-year NHL head coach in David Quinn and a bunch of young players, are 13-11-1 (29 points).
Meanwhile, the Panthers, who fell just one point short of the playoffs last season and decided to go for it this time around by acquiring high-scoring winger Mike Hoffman, are just 11-11-5 (27 points).
The Panthers, who will host the Rangers on Saturday night, are coming off a 5-2 loss to the best offensive machine in the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche.
Florida has just eight points (3-3-2) out of this long home stretch that has only the Rangers game remaining, and that doesn't sit well with the team.
"The only positive we want to look at is wins," said Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, who took the loss against Colorado. "We can't accept losses in this room." >> READ MORE
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