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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers

Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 43-15-6 (92 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Rangers: 36-18-10 (82 pts.), Atlantic Division, 1st place

Tonight's Game

The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Tuesday to face the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina is coming off a five-game road trip that saw the team earn six of a possible 10 points against Pittsburgh, the Rangers, Philadelphia and Florida.

Carolina has 18 games remaining in its 82-game regular-season schedule, with all games against Eastern Conference opponents. The Hurricanes' 92 points put them one point ahead of Ottawa for first place in the conference, 22 points ahead of Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division and one point behind Detroit for the NHL lead through games of March 12.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Doug Weight has earned points in each of the last two games (3/10-3/11: 1g, 2a)
  • Center Eric Staal has earned points and assists in each of the last two games (3/10-3/11: 0g, 3a)

Milestone Watch

  • The Carolina Hurricanes tied the franchise record for wins in a season (43) on March 6 at NY Rangers
  • The Carolina Hurricanes tied the franchise record for most home wins in a season (26) on March 3 against Florida
  • Left wing Cory Stillman played his 700th NHL game at Florida on March 11 at Florida
  • The Carolina Hurricanes are one point shy of tying the franchise record for points in a season (93)
  • Goaltender Martin Gerber will play his 100th NHL game with his next game played
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour is two goals shy of 100 Hurricanes goals
  • Center Matt Cullen is two goals shy of 100 NHL goals

Television: FSN South
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network - WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh - flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)

Carolina Notes

On March 9, the Hurricanes traded a second-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, left wing Niklas Nordgren and center Krystofer Kolanos to Pittsburgh in exchange for veteran winger Mark Recchi. Recchi made his Hurricanes debut in Friday's game at Florida and is wearing No. 18. The Kamloops, B.C., native is a 17-year NHL veteran who recorded 480 goals and 778 assists (1,258 points) in 1,236 career regular-season games with Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Montreal prior to the trade. He was a key member of the Penguins 1991 Stanley Cup-winning team and has recorded 40 goals and 57 assists (97 points) in 110 career postseason games.

The Hurricanes currently post a 43-15-6 record, including a 20-5-2 record in 27 games since Dec. 31. Carolina had its franchise-best nine-game home winning streak (12/13-1/28) snapped against Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. That home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Philadelphia, 10/7-11/12) and the Hurricanes currently post the best home record in the league at 26-5-1 (53 points). With 92 points in their first 64 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-64 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 73-point, 64-game mark recorded by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal earned two assists in Carolina' s game at Florida on Friday for his 24th multiple-point game of the season. Through games of March 12, Staal ranked third in the league with 85 points and fourth in the NHL with 39 goals. He has notched points in 46 of the Hurricanes' 64 games this season. Through games of March 12, he ranked tied for sixth in the league with 16 power-play goals and tied for 11th with three shorthanded goals.

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 79-of-429 (18.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 290-of-350 (82.9%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Mike Commodore, upper body injury, day-to-day, missed 2 games
  • Left wing Erik Cole, fractured vertebra 3/4, out 6-8 weeks, missed 4 games
  • Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, wrist, surgery 2/1, out two months, missed 12 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 49 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

March 14 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 15 Wednesday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
March 16 Thursday Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.
March 17 Friday Agganis Arena (Boston U) 1:30 p.m.
March 18 Saturday none
March 19 Sunday none
March 20 Monday RecZone 10:00 a.m.
March 21 Tuesday Air Canada Centre 11:30 a.m.
March 22 Wednesday HSBC Arena 11:30 a.m.

*All times are local - Times and locations subject to change

Against the Rangers

Monday marks the fourth of four regular-season meetings between the Hurricanes and Rangers, and the second between the teams in eight days. The Hurricanes took the teams' meeting at Madison Square Garden on March 6 by a 2-1 margin. Carolina skated away with a 5-1 win at the RBC Center on Nov. 17 behind Kevyn Adams' first NHL hat trick and Martin Gerber's 28-save performance. The Rangers answered the call two days later, scoring a 4-3 win in New York on Nov. 19. The teams will round out their four-game season series on March 14 in Raleigh.

Erik Cole (2g, 3a) and Rod Brind'Amour (0g, 5a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Rangers with five points. Alex Kovalev (2g, 1a), Mark Messier (2g, 1a) and Anson Carter (1g, 2a) paced the Rangers with three points each in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 40-44-7-0 all-time record against the Rangers, going 25-16-3-0 at home and 15-28-4-0 at the Garden.

Hurricanes vs. Rangers 2005-06 Schedule
Nov. 17 RBC Center W, 5-1
Nov. 19 Madison Square Garden L, 4-3
March 6 Madison Square Garden W, 2-1
March 14 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 17, 2005
Hurricanes 5, NY Rangers 1

The Hurricanes moved to 8-1-0 at the RBC Center for 2005-06 with a 5-1 win against the New York Rangers. Alternate Captain Kevyn Adams took first-star honors as he used the first goal of his first NHL hat trick as the eventual game winner while goaltender Martin Gerber turned in a 28-save performance to earn the win and second star. Right wing Radim Vrbata earned assists on two of Adams' three markers while Justin Williams scored Carolina's second shorthanded goal of the season and earned an assist for his second multi-point night of the season. Eric Staal opened the scoring with a power-play goal with 1:02 remaining in the opening period. The goal was Staal's 13th of the season and 30th point of the year.

Nov. 19, 2005
NY Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3

The New York Rangers handed the Carolina Hurricanes their fourth loss of the season, 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. Jaromir Jagr and Michael Nylander earned three assists each as the Rangers went 3-for-5 on the power play en route to the victory. Hurricanes center Eric Staal scored his 14th goal of the season to even the score 1-1 midway through the first period, but the Rangers scored the next three goals to take a three-goal lead 9:10 into the third period. It was Staal's 100th NHL/Hurricanes game, as well as defenseman Aaron Ward's 500th NHL game. Carolina wingers Niklas Nordgren and Justin Williams each scored in the game's final nine minutes, but the Hurricanes could not get a fourth puck past Rangers netminder Kevin Weekes who made 28 saves for his fifth win of the season.

March 6, 2006
Hurricanes 2, NY Rangers 1

In a battle of division leaders and Olympic goaltenders, the Carolina Hurricanes, behind Martin Gerber's 37-save performance, scored a 2-1 victory against the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The win was Gerber's 30th of the season and earned him first-star honors as the Team Switzerland goalie turned away 16 of 17 shots he faced in the third period. The Rangers held the Hurricanes without a shot in the third frame, marking just the fourth time in Hurricanes franchise history that the team has failed to record at least one shot in a period. Center Kevyn Adams put the Hurricanes ahead 1-0 when he broke the seal on gold-medal-winning Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with 1:09 remaining in the first period. Captain Rod Brind'Amour found right wing Justin Williams all alone in front of Lundqvist 8:31 into the second period, and Williams buried the puck for his 20th goal this season and the eventual game-winning goal. Steve Rucchin scored the Rangers' goal at 3:28 of the third. The win was Carolina 43rd of the season, tying the franchise record for wins in a season.

12 Staal
61 Stillman
18 Recchi

SV %
29 Gerber
30 Ward

68 Jagr
82 Straka
92 Nylander

SV %
30 Lundqvist
80 Weekes
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