NEW YORK RANGERS (17-12-2-1, 37 pts.)
Monday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Madison Square Garden
The Carolina Hurricanes complete a two-game road trip as they take on the New York Rangers for the final time this season at Madison Square Garden. The Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers on Saturday in Sunrise to snap a four-game losing streak. Hurricanes captain Ron Francis currently leads the NHL in assists (22) and power play assists (14). He is just 10 assists shy of matching Ray Bourque (1,169) for second in NHL history in assists. Francis has figured into the scoring in 15 of the Hurricanes’ 18 power-play goals this season (83 %).
PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Dec. 10MSG11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 11ESA1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dec. 12ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
ON THE AIR:
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville).
The Hurricanes have allowed at least one power play goal in six straight games … Carolina’s power play, which struggled for much of the season, has been successful in six of 28 attempts (21.4%) during that same six-game span… The Hurricanes have five power play goals in the last three games (5-of-14, 35.7%).
CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-6-2-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-6-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18-of-157 (11.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 116-of-146 (79.5%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.
CAROLINA / NEW YORK SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers meet for the fourth and final time this season Monday night at Madison Square Garden. The Hurricanes won the first two meetings between the teams, both at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, and the Rangers defeated Carolina in the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. The teams opened the season Oct. 5 at the ESA and the Hurricanes came away with a 3-1 victory thanks to goals by Sandis Ozolinsh (just 28 seconds into the game), Darren Langdon and Sami Kapanen. Kapanen then scored twice in leading Carolina to a 3-2 win on Nov. 2. Carolina trails the all-time series 35-38-6-0 and is 13-24-3-0 at MSG.
NEW YORK RANGERS NOTES:
After winning three consecutive games - including a 5-0 shutout of the Hurricanes - the Rangers have dropped three straight to slip from their post atop the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are currently tied for the Atlantic Division lead with the New York Islanders (37 points), but have played three more games than the Islanders. The Toronto Maple Leafs swept the Rangers in a home-and-home series on Thursday and Saturday to take over first place in the Eastern Conference.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
HURRICANES GPG ATP
24 Kapanen 30161531