Rangers at Canes - Game Preview

The New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes will be battling for a future playoff spot as both teams put their three game winning streaks on the line tonight at the RBC.  The Hurricanes are presently in ninth place in the conference with 75 points, but could jump over the Rangers as well as a couple of other teams who each have 76.

The important matchup will be covered nationwide on the Versus Television Network beginning at 7PM. 

 

This will be the third of four meetings between the clubs this year, and the Rangers have won both previous games to date by scores of 3-2.  The two teams split their series last season. 

The Rangers are riding high with the newly acquired pickups of Sean Avery, (waivers), Nik Antropov, (trade), and Derek Morris (trade).   Speaking of newcomers, the New Yorkers are 3-1-1 since hiring coach John Tortorella. 

The leading scorers for New York are:


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Nikolai Zherdev 66 19 31 50 8 31 4 1 2 1 178 10.7


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Nik Antropov 65 22 27 49 -13 24 6 0 2 1 176 12.5


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Scott Gomez 61 15 33 48 -4 46 3 1 6 0 212 7.1

Eric Staal recently took over team honors for the Canes, after his career best six point night on Saturday.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Eric Staal 67 32 26 58 4 46 11 1 8 0 305 10.5


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Ray Whitney 67 21 35 56 -9 26 6 0 1 2 183 11.5


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Tuomo Ruutu 64 19 25 44 -2 63 5 0 3 0 146 13.0

Since goalie Henrik Lundqvist has started 13 straight for the Rangers, (including yesterday's win over Boston), he will get a break and backup Steve Valiquette will be in net tonight for New York. 


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Stephen Valiquette 13 701 5 4 1 1 33 2.82 356 323 .907 1

Cam Ward will be starting his 15th in a row for the Canes.


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Cam Ward 54 3107 29 21 3 10 132 2.55 1472 1340 .910 4

Several players have a variety of streaks going.  Eric Staal has points in five consecutive games.  Matt Cullen, Erik Cole, and Chad LaRose have points in three straight.  Anton Babchuk has eight points in the last nine games. 

Coach Maurice indicated that he will keep the lines the same as the previous game. 

  • Staal, Ruutu, Cole
  • Cullen, Whitney, LaRose
  • Brind'Amour, Samsonov, Eaves
  • Heliminen, Conboy, Ryan
  • Corvo, Gleason
  • Pitkanen, Babchuk
  • Wallin, Seidenberg

Brandon Sutter was recalled from Albany today, but will sit out.  Scott Walker will be out as well, as will Frank Kaberle

Familiar voice, John Forslund will get the play-by-play call tonight for Versus.

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