NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 11: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck from a diving Ruslan Fedotenko #26 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The Hurricanes have lost their last four straight, as well as 11 of their last 14 contests. The Rangers have won three in a row, and eight of their last 10.
- Ruutu, Staal, Skinner
- Poni, Jokinen, LaRose
- Tlusty, Sutter, Dwyer
- Stewart, Brent, Nodl
- Allen, Gleason
- Pitkanen, Faulk
- Joslin, Kabere
Cam Ward will be facing Martin Biron in net.
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Rangers defenseman Marc Staal traveled with his team, but said he has some conditioning to put in yet before he's ready for prime time.
Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards lead the Blueshirts, with Ryan Callahan close behind.
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|2011 - Ryan Callahan||21||9||7||16||4||25||3||0||2||71|
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Of course, Jeff Skinner leads the way for the Canes.
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The home team will be wearing their black third jerseys again tonight. Overall they are 29-15-5 when wearing them, but they have a 1-3-2 record this year donning black.
This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs, with the Rangers winning 5-1 at MSG earlier.
The game will be televised on FS Carolinas and will broadcast on 99.9 The Fan. We will have our open game thread ready to at 6:30.