April 25, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #63 Vs. New York Rangers

Mar 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26) during a break in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

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).

Hurricanes Outlook

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.

Rangers Outlook

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.

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