Ryan Spooner returns to the lineup in place of Vinni Lettieri. (Cyrgalis)
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." >> Read more
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