NY Rangers (16-7-2) at Florida (8-11-2), 7:30 pm EST
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- When the New York Rangers lost
Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan, Sean Avery and Martin Straka -
four of their biggest offensive contributors - in the offseason,
they desperately needed one of their new acquisitions to
Riding a four-game points streak, Markus Naslund hopes to
continue his success with his new team, as the Rangers can
extend their winning streak to three when they visit the Florida
Panthers on Friday.
Naslund has two goals and three assists over the last four
contests, and 15 points - eight goals and seven assists - in his
last 17. After becoming the Vancouver Canucks' franchise points
and goals leader, Naslund signed a two-year contract with the
Rangers as a free agent in July.
Naslund scored two goals and came through in a shootout as the
Rangers edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, on Wednesday.
Fellow newcomer Nikolai Zherdev has also contributed a great
deal by recording seven goals and 15 assists. He set up both of
Naslund's goals and tallied in the second round of the bonus
The Rangers have won five of their last seven games after
beginning November 1-3-1.
Florida snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over
the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, but fell to the New Jersey
Devils, 3-2, in overtime two days later.
While dropping four of their last six, the Panthers have
struggled on offense and have not netted four goals since a 4-0
win over the Lightning on November 12.