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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers: Game Preview and Discussion

The Hurricanes look to build on an impressive win in Columbus on Friday with a matchup against the slow starting Rangers.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes, fresh off a win in Columbus on Friday, take on a Rangers team who suffered a loss last night in Buffalo.

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 Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • Tonight marks the first of four games against the Rangers this season. New York swept the series last season, going a perfect 4-0-0.
  • Sebastian Aho scored his first ever goal in October on Friday night. In the past two seasons Aho hadn’t broken the ice until game 14 and game 16 respectively.
  • With two shots in Columbus on Friday, Justin Faulk passed Glen Wesley to become the franchise leading defensemen in total shots. He also ranks first in goals among defensemen in Franchise history.
  • The rebuilding Rangers are off to a slow start this season, dropping their first two games in regulation. After coming off of a loss to the Sabres last night, they take on the Hurricanes tonight in their third game in four days.

Lines and Rosters


Brock McGinn missed practice yesterday and Phil Di Giuseppe practiced in his place, but Rod Brind’Amour seemed certain that McGinn would be good to go tonight. So we can expect a similar lineup to Friday night’s win in Columbus.

Micheal Ferland - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen

Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams

Brock McGinn - Martin Necas - Valentin Zykov

Jordan Martinook - Lucas Wallmark - Andrei Svechnikov

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton

Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk

Trevor van Riemsdyk - Brett Pesce

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney


After a loss last night in Buffalo, the Rangers didn’t skate this morning. Here’s how they lined up last night, but with a swap in net as Alexandar Georgiev has been confirmed to start tonight.

Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Pavel Buchnevich

Jimmy Vesey - Kevin Hayes - Mats Zuccarello

Ryan Spooner - Filip Chytil - Jesper Fast

Cody Mcleod - Brett Howden - Vinni Lettieri

Brady Skjei - Adam McQuaid

Brendan Smith - Kevin Shattenkirk

Marc Staal - Neal Pionk

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist