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

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The Hurricanes take on the New York Rangers as they battle it out for 6th place in the Metropolitan Division.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Rangers on the second half of a back-to-back set. The team took down the playoff bound Capitals last night in DC.


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

  • The Hurricanes trail all-time with a 54-69-16 record, including a much more positive 35-26-7 record at home.
  • Tonight’s matchup in PNC is the fourth and final between the teams this season. The Canes have been thoroughly dominated, going 0-3-0 and being outscored 17-5 in the series.
  • The two teams tied the season series last year as the Canes walked away with a 2-2-0 record.
  • The Canes have earned a 3-1-0 mark in their last four against the Rangers at PNC Arena, spanning back to March of 2016.

All Things Aho

Fox Sports Carolinas will be spotlighting Sebastian Aho during tonight’s game, and if you’re a fan of the Finn, this game has your name written all over it. From Fox PR, here’s what to expect tonight:

  • Aho will be mic’d up and have a dedicated camera throughout the game.
  • Mike Maniscalco will do a sit-down interview with Aho during Hurricanes Live.
  • Tripp Tracy will break down various Aho plays with a telestrator throughout the game.
  • Aho’s linemates will be interviewed during first and second intermissions.
  • Photos of Aho, from childhood to today, will be integrated into the telecast.
  • Teammates and friends from Finland will share stories about Aho.
  • All in-game elements, features and graphics will focus on Aho.

Lines and Rosters

The Hurricanes come off of a solid win in Washington last night in which Scott Darling stopped 20 out of the 21 shots he saw. The team travelled home late last night and did not skate this morning, and besides the goalie we can expect for the lineup to be the same coming off of a solid win.

Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner - Elias Lindholm - Phil Di Giuseppe

Valentin Zykov - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen

Joakim Nordstrom - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Haydn Fleury - Klas Dahlbeck

Cam Ward

Scott Darling

Injuries and Scratches: Victor Rask (upper body), Brett Pesce (upper body)


The Rangers told their fans that they were looking ahead to next year a week before the trade deadline. Since then, they’ve managed to pass the woebegone Islanders and give themselves a worse draft pick, and as mentioned above they have owned the Canes this season and may yet continue to climb the draft order in the final week of the season. Here’s how they’ll look tonight:

Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Jesper Fast

Kevin Hayes - Filip Chytil - Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey - Lias Andersson - Ryan Spooner

Vladislav Namestnikov - David Desharnais - Pavel Buchnevich

Marc Staal - Neal Pionk

Rob O’Gara - Brady Skjei

John Gilmour - Ryan Sproul

Henrik Lundqvist

Ondrej Pavelec