Mar 11, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan (21) carries the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #79 At New York Rangers

Apr 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) controls the puck against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of a game at Madison Square Garden. The Senators defeated the Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Hurricanes’ Outlook

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.

Rangers’ Outlook

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.

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