Drury looks to break drought as Rangers host Panthers

Florida (30-22-8) at NY Rangers (31-23-8), 7:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) — Defenseman Wade Redden snapped a 57-game
goal-scoring slump in John Tortorella’s debut with the New York
Rangers. Captain Chris Drury hopes its his turn this time.

Drury will attempt to end a career-long, 16-game drought when
the Rangers host the Florida Panthers on Thursday in a battle of
Eastern Conference teams looking to hold onto a playoff spot.

The 32-year-old Drury assisted on Redden’s first goal in over
four months, but New York suffered a 2-1 shootout loss to the
Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday in the conclusion of a
home-and-home series.

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It marked the first game behind the Rangers’ bench for
Tortorella, who replaced fired Tom Renney on Monday.

New York has lost 11 of its last 13 contests (2-7-4). As a
result, the Rangers have slipped to sixth place in the Eastern
Conference – two points in front of the seventh-place Panthers.

Florida is coming off Tuesday’s 6-1 thrashing by the Boston
Bruins. Kamil Kreps netted the lone goal for the Panthers, who
own the second-worst power-play unit in the East – ahead of only
the Rangers.