NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (4-6-3) at New York Rangers (5-7-0), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers hope to extend their first winning
streak of the season on Saturday night when they resume their homestand
against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Following a 3-6-0 road trip to begin the season, the Rangers lost their home
opener at renovated Madison Square Garden on Monday after getting shut out by
Montreal. They then rebounded with a road win against the New York Islanders
the following night and made it two victories in a row with Thursday's 2-0
triumph over visiting Buffalo.
Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in his second shutout of the season, helped by
an offense that racked up a season-high 46 shots. Derick Brassard and Chris
Kreider had the goals.
"It just feels good to be part of a win here," said Lundqvist, who capped his
47th career shutout with 11 saves in the third period. "I think we're moving
in the right direction and that's a good thing."
Thursday's win came in the opener of a four-game homestand and the Rangers are
aiming to record a victory in three straight for the first time since April
In 23 career starts versus the Hurricanes, Lundqvist is 14-8-1 with a 2.27
goals against average.
New York swept its three-game set with Carolina a season ago, winning twice
after regulation. Overall, the Rangers have won each of the past eight
encounters overall and four in a row at home.
Carolina comes into this meeting have scored just four goals over a four-game
losing streak and was blanked 3-0 on Friday night by Ben Bishop and the Tampa
Bay Lightning. Bishop made 31 saves in the shutout.
Justin Peters gave up three goals on 32 shots for the Hurricanes, who are on
their longest losing streak since dropping seven straight from April 1-11.
"No one is going to panic. We accept the losses as far as teams accept it, but
we accept the challenge that we have got to get better," said Carolina coach
The Hurricanes are playing without their top two goaltenders in Cam Ward and
Anton Khudobin, as well as talented forward Jeff Skinner due to injury.
It is unknown if Peters will get the call again tonight or if Mike Murphy will
make his first NHL start. Peters has never started versus the Rangers, though
he did stop all eight shots he faced over 19 minutes of relief against them on
April 6 of last season.
Carolina has not beaten New York since Jan. 20, 2011 at home.
11/02 10:43:55 ET