The Carolina Hurricanes (34-33-11) begin their last week of the regular season tonight against the New York Rangers (43-31-5), with playoffs on the line, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
The Rangers have won two of the three previous meetings, but the Hurricanes won the last game, 3-1, on March 11.Hurricanes’ Lineup Alexander Semin – Eric Staal – Andrei Loktionov Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak Ryan Murphy – Justin Faulk John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey Brett Bellemore – Jay Harrison Cam Ward/Anton Khudobin Possible Scratches: Mike Komisarek and Justin Peters (Healthy). , Andrej Sekera and Jiri Tlusty (Injured). Rangers’ Lineup Carl Hagelin – Derek Stepan – Rick Nash Brian Boyle – Brad Richards – Martin St. Louis Beniot Pouliot – Derick Brassard – Mats Zuccarello Daniel Carcillo – Dominic Moore – Derek Dorsett John Moore – Dan Girardi Anton Stralman – Marc Staal Raphael Diaz – Kevin Klein Henrik Lundqvist/Cam Talbot Possible Scratches: Chris Kreider and Ryan McDonagh.
The Canes’ five-game streak of earning points came to an end on Saturday night when they lost to the New Jersey Devils’ 3-1. Jeff Skinner had the lone Hurricanes’ goal in the game.
The loss makes it nearly impossible for the team to make the playoffs, which was already an extreme longshot.
Drayson Bowman and Jiri Tlusty practiced yesterday and may be ready to rejoin the lineup as the season quickly comes to a close.
Cam Ward is expected to get the start after practice yesterday and Anton Khudobin’s loss to the Devils in the last game.
The Rangers clinched a playoff spot last night, despite not playing as the Devils lost 1-0 to the Calgary Flames. However, the team still has home ice to fight for as the Philadelphia Flyers are hot on their tails.
In the Rangers’ last game, they lost to the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, but have an impressive 7-2-1 record in their last 10 to improve their playoff chances.
Mats Zuccarello leads the team with 57 points in 74 games. Trade deadline acquisition Martin St. Louis only has one goal and three assists in 17 games since the trade.
Henrik Lundqvist played against the Senators, but Chad Johnson has been a reliable backup.
A recap will be posted after the game.