NY Rangers (16-18-1-1) at
Carolina (12-15-4-2) 7:00 pm EST
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes come home from a four-game road trip tonight and begin a six-game homestand against the New York Rangers. Carolina went 0-3-0-1 on its trip that concluded with Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jeff O'Neill scored a power-play goal to pull the Hurricanes within 3-2 at 8:40 of the third period. But Carolina managed just six shots on goal in the third and none after Martin Gelinas' goal with 7:50 to play.
The Hurricanes were outscored, 11-5, on the trip and got their only point from Saturday's 2-1 overtime defeat in Philadelphia. O'Neill has goals in six of his last seven games and leads the team with 12.
Carolina has won two of its last three home games and is 6-5-2 in the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
The Rangers lead the NHL in goals scored and allowed and are coming off a 1-1-0-1 homestand. Brian Leetch and Sandy McCarthy scored for New York in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. The Rangers lost for the first time in four meetings with the Predators when David Legwand converted a penalty shot at 3:17 of overtime after he was dumped by rookie Tomas Kloucek on a breakaway.
Kirk McLean made 38 saves Saturday and fell to 4-4-1. McLean will be in the net again tonight as the Rangers' No. 1 goalie, Mike Richter, remains on the injured list with an ailing knee.
The Rangers went 0-3-1 on their most recent road trip and are just 7-10-1 away from Madison Sqaure Garden.
Since the Hurricanes moved to Carolina before the 1997-98 season, the Rangers have split six games here.
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