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Saturday, October 18th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-1-0) at New York Rangers (0-2-1-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two winless clubs clash tonight when the New York Rangers welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Madison Square Garden.

After falling to both Minnesota and Columbus to start the campaign, the Rangers skated to a scoreless tie with Atlanta to open a six-game homestand Thursday. Mike Dunham turned aside 30 shots to back the stalemate and give New York its first point of the season.

With the futile offensive effort, the Blueshirts have still been limited to a mere three goals this season. They were also shut out by Columbus and have not scored a goal in 157 minutes and 13 seconds of consecutive game action.

On the history watch tonight, New York captain Mark Messier enters tied with Raymond Bourque for third place on the NHL's all-time assist list with 1,169 career helpers.

New York will host Florida on Monday.

Carolina, meanwhile, is also winless through three games and picked up its first point with a 2-2 home tie versus Florida on Monday. Jesse Boulerice scored with 4:58 left in the second period to salvage the game for the Canes, who finished with the league's worst record a season ago.

Josef Vasicek also scored, and Kevin Weekes finished with 18 saves. Carolina dominated play in the third period as it outshot Florida 9-2, but neither team was able to score. Florida had the best chance as it was awarded a power play with 4:23 left in the third, but could not convert.

The tie avoided Carolina's first 0-3 start since 1997-98, which was the team's first season after relocating from Hartford.

The Hurricanes begin a four-game road trip tonight and will visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

New York swept four games from Carolina last season and has won five of the last six matches between the teams. The Hurricanes have lost three of their last four at MSG.

10/18 10:12:47 ET


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