W2W4: Thanksgiving Eve Clash With Panthers On Tap For Rangers

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Players To Watch


Rangers-Carl Hagelin: After a scorching start upon returning to the lineup after missing the first ten games of the season while rehabbing his shoulder, Hagelin has really been quieted offensively of late. The 25 year-old winger has not scored a goal in eight games, and has produced just two assists in that span, including a helper on John Moore's goal last Thursday in Dallas. This dry spell follows a four-goal, seve-point outburst in the first six games he played. Now he is being moved up to play with Rick Nash and Brad Richards Wednesday in Florida as Alain Vigneault juggles his lines a bit. That threesome skated together during the third period of Monday's loss in Tampa, and Hagelin and Nash did have some nice chemistry when paired last year. Vigneault is looking to add a spark to his top line by inserting Hagelin there, while also attempting to get the speedy Hagelin going, as well. Hagelin had an assist in the Rangers' previous meeting against the Panthers on November 10th, a 4-3 Blueshirts victory.


Panthers-Sean Bergenheim: The 29 year-old Finnish forward may finally be healthy again, as well as back in good graces with the Panthers organization. Bergenheim, who scored his first two goals of the season in Monday's 3-1 win over the Flyers, suffered a hip injury while playing in his native Finland during the lockout a year ago, and when the lockout was over and he was unable to play, Bergenheim found himself suspended for the rest of the season by Florida. Now reinstated and healthy, Bergenheim is starting to his his stride again with three points in his last two games after notching only one assist in his first eight games played. The former first round pick of the Islanders, who also played one season with the Lightning, scored a career-high 17 goals in only 62 games with the Panthers two years ago after topping out with 29 points with Tampa Bay in 2010-11. Should his game really be back on the upswing and he can remain injury-free Bergenheim could very well challenge both of those career-high numbers.