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Game Day Canes at Rangers: Take Two

On a night where they were outplayed (except in net), the Canes were able to hang on for one point against the Rangers. They'll try to take two when play resumes tonight at MSG.

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers
December 21, 2014 - 7:00 pm ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
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Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Rangers
Record 9-19-4 16-10-4
Points 22 36
Division Rank 8th Metro 4th Metro
Conference Rank 16th EC 10th EC
Streak OT 1 Won 5

Power Play % 18.1% 16.3%
Penalty Kill % 82.6% 82.1%
Goals/Game 2.12 3.00
Goals Against/Game 2.75 2.57
Shots/Game 29.7 29.8
Shots Against/Game 27.9 28.8
ES Goals For % 40.2% 55.2%
ES Corsi For % 52.4% 48.8%
ES PDO 96.3 102.1
PIM/Game 7.5 9.5

Goaltender Ward Lundqvist
Record 9-12-2 14-7-3
ES Save Percentage .914 .925
GAA 2.44 2.46

Goaltender Khudobin Talbot
Record 0-7-2 2-3-1
ES Save Percentage .893 .926
GAA 3.11 2.34

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • Though the Rangers carried the play last night, the Canes were able to maintain a lead for much of the game, before giving up the game-tying goal with just over two minutes left on the clock. They went on to lose in the shootout, the second time that's happened this season against the Rangers.
  • The Canes will wrap up their 8th set of back-to-back games tonight. They are now 3-4-1 on the front half and 1-5-1 on the back half.
  • Justin Shugg's cup of coffee with the big club lasted three games (for now). He registered three shots on goal and two minutes in the penalty box in just over seventeen minutes in ice time in a fourth-line role. Shugg was reassigned to Charlotte after last night's game, and Alexander Semin has been activated from injured reserve after missing six games with a lower body injury. Sasha participated in line rushes at yesterday's morning skate but was held out of last night's game. He'll likely start on the fourth line tonight in his 600th career NHL game.
  • John-Michael Liles also practiced yesterday but there has been no word as to his availability for tonight.
  • Special teams were a deciding factor in last night's game. The Canes were unable to convert on their power play opportunities (Rangers went four-for-four and have killed off 14 of their last 15), and J.T. Miller converted on the power play, earning the Broadway Hat from his teammates.
  • Mats Zuccarello continued his Canes-killing ways with an assist on Miller's goal as well as the shootout winner. Rick Nash's career high 11-game point streak was snapped last night as the Canes kept him off the score sheet.
  • Henrik Lundqvist admitted after the game that he misplayed Skinner's goal, but he atoned for his earlier error by going a perfect three-for-three in the shootout.
  • With the late departure from Raleigh and quick turnaround between games, neither team will practice this morning and any additional line-up changes will be divulged prior to game time. Anton Khudobin and Cam Talbot will probably get the starts in net, but neither has been confirmed.

Possible line-ups

Hurricanes (updated from Saturday's game)

Nathan Gerbe - Eric Staal - Chris Terry
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Patrick Dwyer - Riley Nash - Zach Boychuk
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Alexander Semin

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - Michal Jordan
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Jordan Staal (IR broken fibula), Andrej Nestrasil (IR upper body), Jiri Tlusty (upper body), John-Michael Liles (upper body)

Rangers (updated from Saturday's game)

Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Marty St. Louis
Carl Hagelin - Kevin Hayes - J.T.  Miller
Tanner Glass - Dominic Moore - Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Dan Boyle
Matt Hunwick - Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist
Cam Talbot

Injuries and Scratches: Lee Stepniak (isolation/mumps), John Moore (healthy)