The Carolina Hurricanes (27-26-9) will look for their second win in a row and welcome Andrei Loktionov to the team when they take on the New York Rangers (33-26-4) tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Sports South and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
The Rangers beat the Hurricanes, 5-1, on Nov. 2 in the first meeting of the season between the two teams.Hurricanes’ Lineup: Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Jeff Skinner – Jordan Staal – Tuomo Ruutu Nathan Gerbe- Manny Malhotra – Elias Lindholm Drayson Bowman – Andrei Loktionov – Patrick Dwyer Andrej Sekera – John-Michael Liles Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey Ryan Murphy – Jay Harrison/Mike Komisarek Cam Ward/Anton Khuboin Possible Scratches: Justin Faulk (Injured). Radek Dvorak, Riley Nash and Mike Komisarek/Jay Harrison (Healthy). Justin Peters (Conditioning Stint). Rangers Lineup Chris Kreider – Derek Stepan – Rick Nash Carl Hagelin – Brad Richards – Martin St. Louis Benoit Pouliot – Derick Brassard – Derek Dorsett Daniel Carcillo – Brian Boyle – Dominic Moore Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi Anton Stralman – Marc Staal John Moore – Kevin Klein Henrik Lundqvist [Cam Talbot] Injuries: Mats Zuccarello (Injured).
The Canes were playing like a bottom-feeder in the first four games of the season, but against the San Jose Sharks they actually looked like they could compete for a playoff spot. But the team has shown inconsistency all season and just because they played one good game, it doesn’t mean the Hurricanes will continue that.
Alexander Semin, Nathan Gerbe and Ron Hainsey all had great games against the Sharks and with the remaining absence of Justin Faulk, Hainsey will be relied on for more playing time and responsibilities.
Loktionov will play in his first game with the Canes. He’s expected to play the fourth line and see some power-play time. Besides the former King, Ryan Murphy could be a change in the lineup as he was recalled yesterday.
Anton Khudobin had a strong game against the Sharks, despite some mistakes. Coach Kirk Muller has shown to go back to the hot goalie, so expect him in net again.
Hurricanes’ fans may be excited about the addition of Loktionov, but the Rangers have more reason to be ecstatic with the addition of Martin St. Louis, who has killed the Canes over his career.
In his first game with the team, the Rangers lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2 in overtime.
Brad Richards leads the team with 44 points (besides St. Louis). Mats Zuccarellio has a surprising 43 points in 58 games behind Richards, but will not play due to an injury.
The team has already announced that Henrik Lundqvist will be in net tonight.
A recap will be posted after the game.