One of the league's top teams faces one of the bottom teams tonight as the Carolina Hurricanes, (8-18-4) take on the New York Rangers, (13-5-3) starting at 7 at the RBC.
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.
Look for the same lineup for the Hurricanes as Tuesday night. Jamie McBain and Jay Harrison are expected to sit this one out. The lines should look like this:
- 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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Of course, Jeff Skinner leads the way for the Canes.
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Eric Staal and Joni Pitkanen have points in each of their last two games.
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.