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Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers: Preview, Game Notes, Statistics, How to Watch

The Hurricanes will take on the wild-card-occupying New York Rangers tonight in PNC Arena.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes (26-27-10) vs New York Rangers (43-22-2)
Thursday, March 9th, 2017 - 7:00 pm ET
PNC Arena – Raleigh, North Carolina
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Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Cam Ward Thomas Greiss
Category Cam Ward Thomas Greiss
Record 23-20-9 21-15-4
ES Save % .909 .922
GAA 2.68 2.66

Goaltender #2

Category Eddie Lack Jean-Francois Berube
Category Eddie Lack Jean-Francois Berube
Record 3-5-2 3-2-2
ES Save % .891 .896
GAA 2.97 3.42

Game Notes

  • Charlotte Checkers forward Valentin Zykov was recalled yesterday. He is expected to play his first game in a Hurricanes sweater tonight, assuming Phil Di Giuseppe is still on the shelf. Zykov was acquired at the 2016 deadline in a trade that involved forward Kris Versteeg.
  • Hurricanes blueliner Justin Faulk leads all Canes defensemen and is tied for third among league defensemen with 12 goals on the season.
  • Tonight is the Rangers’ first visit to Raleigh since the Hurricanes’ home opener way back on October 28. The Canes won that game 3-2, then the Rangers swept a pair over the Canes with two wins in the span of less than a week on November 29 (3-2) and December 3 (4-2).
  • In the October 28 matchup between the Canes and the Rangers, Jeff Skinner recorded a three-point night, including two goals and earning himself first star of the night honors. Skinner needs to find his rhythm again if the Canes want a shot at the Rags.
  • The Hurricanes trail all time 53-66-16 against the Blueshirts. However, they hold a solid 34-25-7 record at home, despite remaining abysmal (19-41-9) in Madison Square Garden.
  • Next Thursday is St Baldrick’s Foundation Night in PNC. If you sign up to shave your head you get two free tickets. Check out more below.