Pregame Notes

The Rangers take on the Florida Panthers tonight at 7 PM. The line combinations and defensive pairings for tonight are as follows:

Ales Kotalik- Vinny Prospal- Marian Gaborik
Donald Brashear- Christopher Higgins- Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery- Artem Anisimov- P.A. Parenteau
Aaron Voros- Brian Boyle- Enver Lisin

Marc Staal- Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto- Michal Rozsival
Wade Redden- Matt Gilroy

Henrik Lundqvist (9-7-1  2.54 GAA) will be in net for the Blueshirts and will be opposed by Tomas Vokoun  (6-8-2, 2.76 GAA) for Florida.

The Panthers will be without forwards David Booth (concussion) and Cory Stillman (left knee injury).

This is the kind of shorthanded club the Rangers need to jump on early or it could be a very frustrating night.

In other news, Rangers captain Chris Drury skated today for the first time since suffering a concussion on a dirty hit from Curtis Glencross of the Flames on Nov. 7th. Drury still has no timetable for a return to action but said that he felt “much better” than he has the last few weeks and hopes to make the road trip that the team begins Wednesday in Florida to stay close to his teammates.

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