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Hurricanes Newsstand — April 2

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The Hurricanes finally return to action this evening, hosting the New York Rangers in a battle of teams jousting for not only position, but a spot in the postseason. The Canes have been sitting back and watching all the teams they're in competition with make up their "in-hand" games, but luckily Carolina still finds themselves in in sixth.

Cam Ward was named the NHL's first star for March. Also, Paul Maurice and Eric Staal are getting mentioned for some hardware of their own. In major junior hockey, prospect Zach Boychuk faced a Game 7 in the first-round of the WHL playoffs. 

Rangers Game Previews

News & Observer: Ward, Hurricanes heat up at right time

Associated Press: Rangers-Hurricanes preview

New York Post: Blueshirts have deja vu feeling

New York Daily News: Rangers set for annual late-season playoff push As usual, Rangers game should be physical

Visit Blueshirt Banter for a Rangers perspective

Hurricanes News

Canes Country: More accolades for Ward and Staal

N&O's Canes Now: Ward named first star for March • Staal is King Clancy nominee

USA Today: Canes look to keep pushing toward playoff return • March NHL clutch rankings Maurice, Hurricanes one of the NHL's surprise second-half stories

Puck Daddy: Jersey Fouls Ryan enjoying latest career chapter If the playoffs started today...

Albany River Rats

Albany Times Union: Phantoms overtake Rats

CHL Playoffs

Lethbridge Hurricanes (Win series 4-3): Win Game 7 (Zach Boychuk with a goal and an assist) • Face Calgary in Round 2

Spokane Chiefs: WHL Western Conference Round 2 preview

Plymouth Whalers: OHL Western Conference Round 2 notes