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Wednesday, January 27th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (16-28-7) at New York Rangers (24-22-7), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers ended a lengthy scoring drought their last time out and will try to halt a three-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers were shut out in back-to-back games before dropping a 4-2 decision to visiting Pittsburgh on Monday. New York has lost six of its last eight games and has been shut out four times during that span.

New York grabbed a 2-1 advantage on Artem Anisimov's goal at 9:15 of the third period against the Penguins, but Pittsburgh scored two goals in the next minute and a half of play to take the lead for good.

Anisimov scored twice for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves on 27 shots in the loss.

"This (loss) was painful," Lundqvist said. "We battled back and it was a pretty good game...It could be a different story if we manage to win these games. We have a tough time winning games like this but we definitely played a lot better than the last two games. That is a good thing."

The Rangers have lost three of their last five home games and are capping a brief two-game homestand tonight. New York, which is locked in a four-way tie for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, is 12-12-4 as the host this season.

Meanwhile, Carolina is last in the East with 39 points, but has won two of its last three games.

The Hurricanes are coming off Sunday's decisive 5-1 victory over visiting Boston as Cam Ward stopped 27-of-28 shots and became the winningest goaltender in franchise history. Ward posted his 131st victory to pass Arturs Irbe on the team's all-time win list.

"He is our [captain Eric] Staal on the back end. He is a critical piece. The penalty kill really revolved around him in a lot of ways. It's good that he's a franchise leader at such a young age," Carolina head coach Paul Maurice said of Ward.

Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, who snapped a six-game skid versus the Bruins. Ray Whitney and Brandon Sutter each had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which got one goal apiece from Chad LaRose and Staal.

On the injury front, the Hurricanes are expected to get defenseman Joe Corvo back on the ice this week after a lengthy absence due to a leg laceration that required surgery. Corvo, who could make his return as early as tonight, hasn't played since his leg was cut by Washington defenseman Karl Alzner's skate on November 30. Corvo has 12 points in 27 games this season.

The Hurricanes, who have a dismal 5-16-4 record as the guest this year, are playing six of their next eight games on the road. Carolina will follow tonight with consecutive home tests against the New York Islanders and Chicago.

Tonight marks the last of four scheduled meetings between the Rangers and Carolina this season. New York won the first two matchups of the year in Raleigh, but the Hurricanes answered back with an overtime win earlier this month at Madison Square Garden. Carolina has taken three of five overall in the series, but has dropped five of its last seven in the Big Apple.

01/27 10:45:55 ET


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