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Thursday, October 30th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-4-0) at New York Rangers (2-3-2-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers conclude a six-game homestand at Madison Square Garden tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes in the second meeting of the season between the two teams.

New York had its four-game unbeaten streak snapped via a 3-1 loss to visiting Anaheim Tuesday. Alexei Kovalev scored his first goal of the season in the losing effort for the Rangers, who were 2-0-2 in their previous four tilts. Mike Dunham stopped just 19 shots in the loss.

Kovalev played despite suffering a minor knee injury during practice on Monday.

New York finished the game 0-for-4 with the man advantage and has now been held scoreless in 30 power-play chances this season. The Rangers are the only NHL club without a man-advantage goal.

Carolina, meanwhile, comes into tonight's tilt riding a six-game unbeaten string after Josef Vasicek scored all three goals and recorded his first-ever hat trick in the Hurricanes' 3-0 win over San Jose on Tuesday.

Kevin Weekes earned his second shutout of the season by making 28 saves. He stopped nine shots in the first, 10 in the second and nine more in the third to pick up his second consecutive shutout and 15th of his career. Weekes blanked Boston 2-0 in his last start on October 23 and has not allowed a goal in a career-best 165 minutes and nine seconds.

Jeff O'Neill had three assists and Danny Markov added a pair of helpers for the Hurricanes, who are 2-0-4 over their last six games.

The Rangers, who skated to a 2-2 deadlock with the Canes in the second game of the current homestand, are unbeaten (4-0-1) in their last five matchups with Carolina. The Hurricanes are just 1-3-1 in their last five trips to MSG.

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