This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s Metropolitan Division showdown between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
The Hurricanes will be on the ice at Madison Square Garden at 11:30 a.m. for their morning skate, and we’ll be rinkside with updates. Until then, pore over tonight’s game preview and a projected lineup, which can be found below.Last updated: 2:45 p.m.
PESCE TO FACE OFF AGAINST CHILDHOOD FAVORITES2:45 p.m.
Brett Pesce was raised in Tarrytown, New York, so, naturally, he grew up a New York Rangers fan.
He and his family would come to see the Blueshirts play at Madison Square Garden.
“That was always a treat,” he said.
Now, the story is a bit different. Pesce is back at the now-renovated Madison Square Garden, only this time he’s facing his childhood favorites as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.FULL STORY ›
PETERS PREGAME1:30 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters rejoined his team in New York after spending Monday night in Toronto at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He met with the media at Madison Square Garden after the morning skate, and here's what he had to say.On Monday's induction ceremony:
"The Hall of Fame was outstanding. They do a wonderful job. I thought all the inductees did a great job in their speeches, and it was fun to be a part of.”On Joakim Nordstrom's conditioning stint:
"He played well. He scored a power-play goal in the Sunday game. As importantly, he got back on the ice in a game situation. He hasn’t played in forever. It was good to get him in for two games.”On not making any lineup changes on defense:
"I didn’t want to make a change on the back-end due to the fact that I thought they played well. We made some changes to our back-end in the game against Ottawa, and I liked it. It gave us with a bit of a different look, and we’re going to go with the same group of six.”On Saturday night's dramatic win over Ottawa:
"It was emotional. I thought our guys dug in and played real well in the third. ... We found a way to tie it up late. On the 6-on-5, I liked us a lot. I know we won a lot of faceoffs in that situation, and I think that’s a strength of our team. ... We did a lot of good things to get that goal late. I think we played two-plus minutes with the goalie out and finally we were rewarded late with the Skinner goal.”
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE11:30 a.m.
The Hurricanes made one slight tweak to their lines in Tuesday's morning skate, slotting Ron Hainsey back with Justin Faulk and John-Michael Liles with Brett Pesce.
Noah Hanifin, Brad Malone and Andrej Nestrasil look to be the extras.
Cam Ward appears to be the starting goaltender. We will confirm this and bring you more updates from inside the room after the skate.
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP6:00 a.m.
Here’s how the Canes lined up in practice on Monday, which featured slight tweaks from Saturday night’s lineup. Most notable is the addition of Joakim Nordstrom, who has returned from his two-game conditioning stint in Charlotte.
A starting goaltender has not been named. Cam Ward and Eddie Lack split goaltending duties in this weekend’s back-to-back set, with Ward making 19 saves on 21 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win.
CANES FACE METRO’S BEST6:00 a.m.
Two games after facing the Western Conference’s best team in the Dallas Stars, the Carolina Hurricanes will drop the puck against the top team in their division, the New York Rangers.
The Canes come into tonight’s match-up riding the high of Saturday’s dramatic 3-2 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators. In that game, Jeff Skinner tied the match with just 3.3 seconds left on the clock, and Jordan Staal secured the victory in 3-on-3 overtime play.
“It was obviously an emotional win,” Staal said. “Every time you get a comeback, it can raise the spirits quickly.”
The Hurricanes, who find themselves five points out of playoff position with a five-game homestand looming following this quick one-game trip to the Big Apple, hope to string some wins together on the coattails of such a victory.
At 10-2-2 with 22 points, the Rangers sit atop the Metropolitan Division. They also own a plus-18 goal differential, second-best in the conference behind the Montreal Canadians. Additionally, the Rangers have won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Carolina and scored four or more goals in nine of those games.
A big test this will be.
“Hopefully we can ride that emotional hide and bring a solid effort into New York against a good team, try to sneak out with a win and go from there,” said Staal, who has three goals in his last three games.
The Canes appear poised to slot Joakim Nordstrom back in the lineup after the Swedish forward missed nine straight games with a lower-body injury. He spent the weekend in Charlotte on a conditioning stint, playing in two games and recording a power-play goal. In practice on Monday, he skated on the fourth line with Jay McClement and Brock McGinn.
“It’s always frustrating not being able to play, so I was just real excited to be back on the ice and playing hockey again,” he said. “It was nice to be out there, play a lot of minutes, get the timing back and get back in game shape.”CANESPR NOTES:
Eric and Jordan Staal each have points in their last three games. Jordan has three goals in his last three contests, and Eric has a goal and two assists in the same stretch. … Defenseman Justin Faulk ranks first among NHL skaters with five power-play goals. His five goals are also tops among Canes skaters.
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