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Gameday: Hurricanes at Rangers

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
December is coming.


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game 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.

Below, you’ll find a preview of tonight’s game. We’ll be passing along updates as we receive them from the Canes’ morning skate at Madison Square Garden.

Last updated: 4:00 p.m.



WARD vs. LUNDQVIST IN NET
4:00 p.m.

It's Cam Ward vs. Henrik Lundqvist in net tonight in a battle of Metropolitan Division opponents. Tonight mark's Ward's 30th career appearance versus the Rangers; he is 10-14-4 with a 2.49 goals against average and two shutouts against New York in his career.

Opposite, Lundqvist is 21-9-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average and two shutouts in 31 career appearances against the Canes. Recently, though, Lundqvist has been especially good against Carolina; in his last 15 games against the Canes, he is 13-2-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and one shutout.

Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters met with the media at Madison Square Garden this morning. Click here to listen to what he had to say.



CANES RETURN TO MSG TO FACE RANGERS
6:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes will close out their November schedule on Monday night with their second trip to Madison Square Garden in three weeks.

HURRICANES at RANGERS
Hurricanes at Rangers
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
INFOGRAPHIC: SABRES 4, HURRICANES 1
VIDEOS
FORSLUND FOCUS: JUSTIN FAULK
GAMEDAY LINKS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
In the first meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Rangers on Nov. 10, New York was efficient and opportunistic in the first period and claimed a 3-0 victory. After the Canes controlled play early, it took just 11 seconds for the Blueshirts to assemble a 2-0 lead with quick-strike goals from Jesper Fast and Rick Nash. From there, Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves on 33 shots in his 56th career shutout.

Against the Canes as of late, The King has been just that. In his last 15 games against Carolina, Lundqvist is 13-2-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage, and he’s expected to get the start on Monday night.

The Hurricanes dropped a 4-1 decision in Buffalo on Black Friday after earning points in four straight games and winning two of their last three. Victor Rask scored the Canes’ lone goal, his seventh of the season and second in his last three games, and both Cam Ward and Eddie Lack saw time between the pipes. In 12 November games, Carolina has posted a 3-5-4 record and 10 points.

The Rangers find themselves on a three-game skid, losing to Montreal, Boston and Philadelphia and being outscored 12-4 in that stretch. Even still, they sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 34 points (16-6-2).

Based on reports from Sunday’s team practice at Chelsea Piers, the Hurricanes will ice the same forward groupings and defensive pairings as seen Friday in Buffalo, with defenseman Michal Jordan being a healthy extra.

Defenseman Ryan Murphy, who was on injured reserve with a concussion, was assigned to Charlotte on Thanksgiving and skated in two games with the Checkers over the weekend. He recorded a goal and two assists in the team’s two wins at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

CANESPR NOTES: The Rangers have won 12 of the last 13 meetings with the Hurricanes, and they’ve scored four or more goals in nine of those contests. … Elias Lindholm has four points (1g, 3a) in his last four games.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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