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Rangers At Hurricanes: Game Day Preview

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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)
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)
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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.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Cam Ward 22 1259 8 11 64 3.05 674 610 .905 1


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Martin Biron 5 250 3 1 7 1.68 111 104 .937 1



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.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Marian Gaborik 21 11 8 19 4 10 2 0 2 88


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Brad Richards 21 9 10 19 1 4 2 0 3 48


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Ryan Callahan 21 9 7 16 4 25 3 0 2 71



Check out Blue Shirt Banter for more Rangers info.

Of course, Jeff Skinner leads the way for the Canes.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Jeff Skinner 26 10 12 22 -6 18 2 0 3 86


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.