The Carolina Hurricanes head to New York City for a tilt with the Rangers on Tuesday night, seeking to break their 15-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden. The Canes enter the contest playing their best hockey of the season, having won seven of their past eight.
Sebastian Aho is coming off a spectacular two game stretch at home that saw him net five goals in total, including a hat trick in Sunday’s matinee with the Nashville Predators. Justin Williams also comes into play hot with goals in each of the past five games.
With the Canes not skating this morning at MSG, the lineups are a bit delayed in being released, but the expectation is that Curtis McElhinney will slide into net as the tandem with he and Petr Mrazek continues to alternate during this solid run of recent play. Below are the projected lines for the Canes:
Micheal Ferland - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn - Lucas Wallmark - Jordan Martinook
Andrei Svechnikov - Greg McKegg - Justin Williams
Warren Foegele - Victor Rask - Saku Maenalanen
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Dougie Hamilton
Scratches: Clark Bishop (lower body), Jordan Staal (upper body, IR)
The New York Rangers have made a call to Hartford prior to tonight’s matchup, calling upon top prospect Ryan Lindgren to aid in fortifying the struggling Rangers defense. Lindgren is expected to suit up alongside Kevin Shattenkirk this evening in his NHL debut (and we all know what that means!!). He was acquired last season as part of the trade that sent the recently retired Rick Nash to Boston for the stretch run.
The Rangers enter action tonight leaking some serious oil, having dropped six of their last seven while surrendering an average of 5.5 goals in their six losses, as the defense and goaltending have collapsed.
The Rangers will hope to get back on track in what has been a friendly matchup at home for the past eight seasons. They are expected to start the lineup below:
Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Mats Zuccarello
Filip Chytil - Ryan Strome - Jesper Fast
Jimmy Vesey - Boo Nieves - Vladislav Namestnikov
Cody McLeod - Brett Howden - Pavel Buchnevich
Marc Staal - Tony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei - Neal Pionk
Ryan Lindgren - Kevin Shattenkirk