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Wednesday, December 26th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (19-15-3) at New York Rangers (17-15-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will try to win for the fourth time in five games tonight, when they visit the struggling New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Carolina, leaders of the Southeast Division, had dropped three in a row before winning three of their next four contests.

The latest victory for the Hurricanes came in a division battle Saturday at Tampa Bay. Ray Whitney scored two third-period goals and assisted on another to help Carolina bottle up the Lightning, 4-1, at St. Pete Times Forum.

Andrew Ladd and Eric Staal also scored, and Cam Ward made 29 saves for the Hurricanes, who rebounded from Thursday's setback at the Florida Panthers.

Tonight marks the end of a three-game road trip for Carolina, which is 10-8-2 as the visiting club this season.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have dropped three straight and are now just 3-6-2 in the month of December.

New York was last in action on Sunday, when it was handed a 3-1 loss by the visiting Ottawa Senators. Chris Kelly scored the deciding goal as the Sens posted the triumph at Madison Square Garden.

Scott Gomez scored the lone goal for New York, which has dropped eight of its last 10 games. Henrik Lundqvist turned away 22 shots in the loss.

Despite New York's recent problems, Gomez has been outstanding for the club. The veteran centerman has the longest current points streak in the NHL, as he has reached the scoresheet in nine consecutive contests. Gomez has four goals and eight assists during the run.

Gomez, who signed a lucrative deal with New York in the offseason, is leading the Rangers with 31 points this year.

New York is 11-8-0 at home this season, but has dropped four of its last six tests at MSG.

Carolina beat the Rangers, 4-0, at MSG on December 3 and has taken four of seven and seven of the last 11 meetings between the clubs.

12/26 10:48:14 ET


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