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
CarolinaHurricanes.com: As usual, Rangers game should be physical
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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
ESPN.com: Maurice, Hurricanes one of the NHL's surprise second-half stories
Puck Daddy: Jersey Fouls
HockeyJournal.com: Ryan enjoying latest career chapter
NHL.com: If the playoffs started today...
Albany River Rats
Albany Times Union: Phantoms overtake Rats
Lethbridge Hurricanes (Win series 4-3): Win Game 7 (Zach Boychuk with a goal and an assist) • Face Calgary in Round 2
- Lethbridge Herald: Canes off to Round 2
Spokane Chiefs: WHL Western Conference Round 2 preview
Plymouth Whalers: OHL Western Conference Round 2 notes