Dorsett has played in two of the past five games after missing 18 with a broken fibula sustained Jan. 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"They're both the same type of player," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "They bring energy, physicality. I just want to get Dorsett in. He's been out for a long time. He was playing on a regular basis before his injury. I just think we've got a lot of hockey coming up here and we need to put Dorsett in."
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will chase two Rangers milestones Tuesday. When New York shut out the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 on Sunday, Lundqvist got his 300th career regular-season win, pulling within one of Mike Richter's record. Lundqvist also tied Ed Giacomin's team mark with 49 shutouts.
The Hurricanes continue to fade in the Eastern Conference, having lost seven of eight and nine of the past 12.
Goaltender Cam Ward, who has lost all three of his decisions since returning from a lower-body injury at the beginning of February, likely will start for the Hurricanes, who did not have a formal morning skate Tuesday.
Captain Eric Staal, who sat out Carolina's practice Monday with an illness, skated with a small group of players and is expected to play against the Rangers.
Defenseman Michal Jordan likely will make his season debut after being called up from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League on Monday.
Here are the projected lineups for the Rangers and Hurricanes: