April 25, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) loses the puck in front of the Carolina Hurricanes goalie Dan Ellis (31) during the 3rd period at the PNC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #14 At New York Rangers


After failing to score a goal last night against the Lightning, the Carolina Hurricanes (4-6-3) will look for a bounce back tonight against the New York Rangers (5-7-1) at 7 p.m. ET in Madison Square Garden. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup
J. Staal – E. Staal – Semin
Tlusty – Nash – Dwyer
Ruutu – Lindholm – Gerbe
Bowman – Malhotra – Sutter
 
Faulk – Sekera
Bellemore – Hainsey
Harrison – Murphy
 
Peters/Murphy
 
Scratches: Skinner, Dvorak, Ward, Khudobin (Injured). Komisarek, Gleason, Sutter (Healthy).
 
Rangers Lineup
Kreider – Stepan – Zuccarello
Pouliot – Richards – Hagelin
Pyatt – Brassard – Miller
Mashinster – Boyle – Dorsett
 
McDonagh – Girardi
Staal – Stralman
Del Zotto – Moore
 
Lundqvist
[Talbot]
 
Scratches: Nash, Callahan (Injured).

The Rangers had a rough start to the season, dwelling near the basement of the Metropolitan and the league as a whole, but have won their last three of four and now sit fourth in the division.

It could be that the coaching change took time to get used to – John Tortorella was a defensive, work-man like coach, while Alain Vigneault is a little more laid back and focuses more on offense – or stronger goaltending, but the team has found ways to win even without players like Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash.

The Rangers have had a busy week, playing Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, but the Hurricanes will be just as spent after playing last night.

And speaking of last night, the offensive woes continued for the Canes as the team failed to score and now have four goals in their last four games.

Kirk Muller needs to do something to get the offense going, whether that be changing the first line or using a different power-play unit, the team needs to get over this problem.

With Justin Peters playing last night, it’s possible Mike Murphy gets in his first NHL action since the 2011-12 season.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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