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.
A recap will be posted after the game.