NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 11th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (5-7-3) at New York Rangers (8-3-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red-hot New York Rangers will take aim at a sixth
consecutive victory tonight, when they host the struggling Carolina Hurricanes
tonight at Madison Square Garden.
New York won the first four tilts of its current surge on home ice before
notching Tuesday's victory in Ottawa.
The Rangers are on their first five-game winning streak since March 12-22 of
last year. The club last posted six straight victories during a seven-game
tear from Oct. 3-17, 2009.
Marian Gaborik scored a pair of goals to help lift the Rangers to the 3-2
decision over the Senators. Derek Stepan added a goal and two assists, while
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots for the Rangers, who have not lost since
falling to the Senators on October 29.
Gaborik has four goals and three assists during a four-game point streak and
he has posted five goals and 11 points over his last seven outings. He is
leading New York in both goals (9) and points (15) this season.
"First of all we had a good forecheck and kept our legs moving," Gaborik said
after Tuesday's win. "Second of all, when we get the puck, guys are confident
to make a play. We are winning the battles, getting in there first, and I
think that's how we created our goals."
New York is 4-1-1 as the host this season and will shoot for a fifth straight
home win tonight. After this evening, the Rangers won't play again until
Tuesday, when they open a four-game road trip against the Islanders.
The Hurricanes have not fared well recently, losing three straight, four of
five and seven of their last nine games. Carolina is currently tied
for last with Winnipeg in the Southeast Division.
Carolina was dealt a 3-2 regulation setback Tuesday in New Jersey, as Adam
Henrique netted the winning tally late in the third period for the Devils.
"We were loose with the puck, moments of just being nervous," said Hurricanes
head coach Paul Maurice.
Brandon Sutter and Joni Pitkanen lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who are on
their third three-game losing streak of the season. Carolina last dropped four
in a row during an 0-3-1 stretch from March 4-12.
Cam Ward took the loss despite 33 stops. Ward is 5-5-2 with a 2.87 goals-
against average on the season.
Carolina has lost its last four games on the road and is 2-4-2 as the visiting
club this season. The 'Canes will play their next two and four of their next
five games on home ice, beginning with Saturday's tilt against Pittsburgh.
The Rangers and Hurricanes split four meetings in last year's season series
and Carolina has taken four of six overall in this matchup. New York had lost
three straight on home ice to Carolina before notching an overtime victory on
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