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Gameday: Hurricanes at Rangers

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

NEW YORK - Mondays are better with hockey.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information you need to know for tonight's Metropolitan Division showdown between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers. Make a regular stop throughout the day, as we update this hub with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

The Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate today, but keep your eyes and ears open for gameday content to be posted here as always.

Last updated: 6:50 p.m.

6:50 p.m.

The Hurricanes will ice the same exact lineup as seen Thursday in Chicago. Valentin Zykov was recalled yesterday evening but will be a healthy scratch tonight.

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Puck drop at MSG is coming up next!

Tweet from @MSmithCanes: Warmies. #CARvsNYR

3:05 p.m.

TV's Mike Maniscalco sets the table for tonight's game with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory.

1. TSA

The Teravainen-Staal-Aho line needs to be the best line on the ice. The Rangers have made a lot of changes looking to the future, and it doesn't appear on paper they have a line that matches up with the Canes' top trio. They need to control the play when their numbers are called.

2. Power Play Production

The Hurricanes have scored a power-play goal in each of their last two games. Getting an early marker on the man advantage will make a big difference.

3. Early Jump

A lot has been made about Madison Square Garden being a house of horrors for Carolina. The best way to script a happy ending is to grab a lead early in the first and build off it. 

2:15 p.m.

Today marks just the third Monday of the season in which the Hurricanes have played a game. Otherwise, that day is usually reserved for CanesCast, the official podcast of the Canes hosted by TV's Mike Maniscalco and myself. In lieu of the morning skate, we recorded episode 33 at the team hotel in Manhattan. Brock McGinn joined the show, as well. Give it a listen and subscribe so you don't miss an episode if you haven't already!


12:00 a.m.

Following a 3-2 win in Chicago on Thursday, the Carolina Hurricanes will look to extend those good vibes when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Monday's game will conclude a set of three straight games on the road for the Hurricanes, who will then head back to Raleigh to host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday to close out their 15th back-to-back set of the season.

"We still believe we're getting in. We've got to go on that you've talked about. We haven't done it yet, but we've still got 14 games," head coach Bill Peters said after a Saturday practice in Raleigh. "We've got to go on a streak here. We played a real good game on Thursday and we should be well-rested going into New York."

Scott Darling made 22 saves in his return to Chicago, and his timely saves down the stretch of that contest helped the Hurricanes capture their first win in nearly a week. The Canes will turn back to the big man in net on Monday. Darling is 2-2-1 with a 2.20 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and one shutout in five career appearances against the Rangers.

"He's coming off a good game, we're playing a back-to-back situation and I think he deserves another start," Peters said on Sunday. "We'll go right back to him."

In fact, Peters said he'll keep the entirety of his lineup in tact from Thursday, including Klas Dahlbeck on defense.

"I thought that lineup was good. I thought it was real competitive," he said. "I thought Dahly did a good job being physical and helped on the penalty kill. … He deserves to stay in."

The Rangers are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games and winless in their last four games at home (0-3-1). But, Madison Square Garden has not been kind to the Hurricanes, who have gone winless in 16 straight games in that building dating back to January 2011.

"It's been a bit of a house of horrors," Peters said. "We've got to go out, establish our game early, understand we've got to stay with it and have a real solid 60-minute effort."

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes are 16-11-1 in back-to-back games this season, including a 10-4-0 mark in the front halves of those sets. … The Canes out-shot Chicago 40-24 on Thursday, marking the ninth time this season the team has recorded 40-or-more shots on goal, surpassing last season's total of six games.




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