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Preview: Hurricanes at Rangers

Canes hit Big Apple on Thanksgiving Eve

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

NEW YORK - The Carolina Hurricanes are set to challenge the New York Rangers in Manhattan on Thanksgiving eve.

The Hurricanes are coming off back-to-back wins over Florida and Detroit over the weekend and are looking to avenge a home loss to the Rangers from almost three weeks ago.

Fifteen

The Hurricanes tallied their 15th win in 24 games with their victory in Detroit on Sunday; by contrast, it took the Canes until Dec. 23 last season to reach the 15-win mark.

"We're digging in as a group," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said.

PROJECTED LINEUP

The Hurricanes currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division with 31 points in 24 games.

Go Fish

Sebastian Aho recorded six points (3g, 8a) in 12 October games.

In November, he's got 14 points (9g, 5a) in 12 games.

He loves when the calendar flips.

Aho's nine goals in November mark his most goals in one calendar month in his NHL career.

In other streak news, Andrei Svechnikov brings an eight-game point streak into the game, the longest such streak of any teenager in team (since relocation history). In franchise history, the only other teenager to record a point streak of at least eight games was Ron Francis, who did so three times.

The Last Meeting

Nearly three weeks ago in Raleigh, the Hurricanes tossed 47 shots at Henrik Lundqvist, but he came up with a stellar 45-save performance to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 win.

"I think we were the better team from start to finish, and their goalie was great. That happens," Brind'Amour said after the game. "In 82 games, your goalie steals one here and there. That's what happened."

The Opposition

Since that meeting in Raleigh on Nov. 7, the Rangers have posted a 4-3-1 record. They are 7-4-2 at Madison Square Garden and own a minus-4 goal differential. Artemi Panarin leads the team in goals (12), assists (18) and points (30) in 22 games.


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