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SUNRISE Adam Henrique Jersey , 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).Article continues below ...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."Saturday's matchup will feature Luongo and New York's Henrik Lundqvist, who have more goaltending credentials than any other active duo in the NHL, ranking first and second in career appearances, wins and shutouts among active players.Lundqvist, 36, is one of the leaders on a young Rangers team that also includes defenseman Marc Staal, 31 Womens Andrew Cogliano Jersey , and winger Mats Zuccarello, 31.Everyone else in the core of the team is under 30, including center Mika Zibanejad, 25, who leads the Rangers in assists (17) and points (25); and winger Chris Kreider, 27, who leads the team in goals (14).Among the younger Rangers to watch are rookie forwards Filip Cytil, 19, and Lias Andersson, 20, who were both first-round picks last year and are already in the rotation. Chytil, with five goals and four assists, has been especially impressive.Another young gun on the Rangers is 20-year-old center Brett Howden, who has four goals and nine assists. Neal Pionk, 23, is in his first full year in the NHL and leads Rangers defensemen in points.All that young talent is a major shift from the veteran team that had made the playoffs seven years in a row before last season, reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014.With this season's team, the Rangers are taking more of a long view Brandon Montour Jersey Kids , and they will arrive in Sunrise as a well-rested team since they haven't played since Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss at the Winnipeg Jets."It would've been nice to play right away after that Winnipeg game, but this gives our injured guys a chance to get healthy," Quinn told The New York Post. "The break comes at a good time."Indeed Zuccarello, who missed the previous five games due to a groin injury, practiced in full this week and should be ready for the Panthers. Winger Vladislav Namestnikov, who has missed three games due to a concussion, also appears ready to return.Rangers defensemen Adam McQuaid and Brendan Smith, both dealing with lower-body injuries, could be ready for Saturday. But Quinn has eight defensemen on his roster, and he has shuffled that deck all season. Therefore, Smith and McQuaid will be game-time decisions pending their health and how Quinn feels about his other defensemen at that moment.One player who will not return on Saturday is winger Pavel Buchnevich, who has a thumb injury and is "a week away", according to Quinn.The most significant player on Florida's injured list is center Vincent Trocheck, an All-Star in 2017 who will miss much of the season due to a fractured ankle.New York has beaten the Panthers the only times they have played this season — 5-2 and 4-2. This is their final meeting of the regular season and the only one in Florida. WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Winnipeg Jets are hoping to welcome back a pair of defensemen in time for Friday night's tilt against the St. Louis Blues at Bell MTS Place.Dustin Byfuglien has missed three games after suffering a concussion following a hard hit against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak on Nov. 29, while Dmitry Kulikov has been out for a month since being hurt against the Colorado Avalanche.Nothing has been confirmed by the Jets coaching staff but the team sent call-up Nelson Nogier back to the Manitoba Moose Thursday morning, all but indicating that one or both of them will return to the line-up on Friday.Article continues below ...They both wore full-contact jerseys at practice on Thursday. Byfuglien's long-time partner, Ben Chiarot Womens Cam Fowler Jersey , was glad to see the 265-pounder back on the ice taking part in line rushes."He's a big part of our team, a big part of the locker room and one of the best players in the league," he said in a post-practice scrum. "Any time you add him back, it's a welcome sight."Another pillar on the Jets blueline, Josh Morrissey, has also missed one game with a lower-body injury. Neither he, nor forward Andrew Copp or defenseman Joe Morrow practiced on Thursday.Nobody on the Jets is going to complain too loudly about getting hit by the injury bug as the team has lost among the fewest player-games in the entire league. Sami Niku, Cam Schilling and Nogier have all filled in well for the most part, with just a few hiccups.Despite the sudden rash of injuries, the Jets are riding a four-game winning streak and sit in third place in the Central Division with 36 points.Friday's game will be the first meeting between the two teams since sniper Patrik Laine lit up St. Louis for five goals in an 8-4 road victory on Nov. 24. The Blues come to town having lost four of their previous five games and sit second-last in the Western Conference with nine wins in 26 games and 22 points.The most recent defeat, a 3-2 shootout loss in Edmonton, came after the Blues took a 2-0 lead in the first period and gave up a last-minute goal to send it to the extra period.Interim coach Craig Berube, who took over behind the bench after Mike Yeo was fired last month, told The St. Louis Dispatch that his team is "fragile.""Guys are trying to hang on to a lead instead of making it 3-0. That's gotta be more of our mindset. We should've come out in the second period and pushed the pace right away on them," he said.Including the Blues, every team on the Jets four-game homestand has undergone some kind of upheaval lately — Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday (fired their general manager Ron Hextall two weeks ago), Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (fired coach Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6) and Edmonton Oilers (fired coach Todd McLellan on Nov. 20).


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