Carolina Hurricanes: Three Keys to Victory Against the New York Rangers

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RALEIGH, NC – FEBRUARY 19: Teuvo Teravainen #86 of the Carolina Hurricanes battles Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the New York Rangers during an NHL game on February 19, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Karl DeBlaker/NHLI via Getty Images)

Coming off a rough 4-1 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Carolina Hurricanes will look to get back on track as they welcome the New York Rangers into Raleigh.

The Carolina Hurricanes return home after dropping the last two games at the hands of the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers. Coming off one of the best October’s in franchise history, Carolina has struggled to start the month of November, posting a 1-2-0 record.

The Rangers have played two games so far this month, defeating the Nashville Predators 2-1 and dropping the game against the Ottawa Senators 6-2.

This will be the 145th game between the two teams. New York currently has the better record against Carolina, posting a 72-56-7-9 record all time. This is also the first of four matchups between the two teams this season. Last season, the two teams split the four matchups. More notably, Carolina ended their MSG “curse” when they defeated the Rangers on February 8th, 3-0.

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Currently Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome and the injured Mika Zibanejad lead the way in points for the Rangers. They rank 13th in goals for (3.08 goals per game). Their team defense is ranked 25th in the league. The best way to describe their goaltending is inconsistent.

Henrik Lundqvist is nearing the end of his career, as his numbers are not great. Their starter, Georgiev, has flashes of greatness, but has had some struggles as well.

Historically, the month of November hasn’t always been a great one for the Hurricanes. A quick look at the standings will tell you how important it is to get back on track and avoid continuing the concerning trend that has been November. Let’s take a look a three keys that can help Carolina get out of their funk and back into the win column.

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