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Preview: Hurricanes at Rangers

New York goes for 12th straight win vs. Carolina at Madison Square Garden

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

HURRICANES (9-8-4) at RANGERS (15-7-1)



Hurricanes team scope

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to build on their come-from-behind 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Sunday in the first of three consecutive road games, including two at Madison Square Garden. Carolina plays at the Boston Bruins on Thursday and comes back to the Garden to face the New York Rangers on Saturday. The Hurricanes won't have center Jordan Staal in the lineup. Staal is out indefinitely with a concussion and was placed on injured reserve Monday. Teuvo Teravainen moved to center to replace Staal and play with Sebastian Aho and Lee Stempniak. Phil Di Giuseppe is coming into the lineup after being recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Monday. Coach Bill Peters said he likes Teravainen at center better than on the wing. "I think for us he's going to be a center at some point long-term, I really believe that," Peters said. "He's a real smart player, very creative player. He's got another gear. You don't always see it, but he's got high-end speed. He's evasive. He's very good defensively. That's what allows him to play center and have the coach's trust, so I can play him against anybody. He's a smart player." Goaltender Cam Ward will start after backup Michael Leighton made 31 saves against Florida in his first NHL start since Jan. 27, 2013. Ward is 6-2-2 with a 1.58 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in November. Peters said Ward's success is a byproduct of how the Hurricanes are playing in front of him. "He's been better too, but I think they go hand in hand," Peters said. "I think it's a combination. I think the quality of chances is lowered. Our breakdowns at the start of the year were big breakdowns and we gave up high quality scoring chances against. We've cut back on those."


Rangers team scope

The Rangers will try to keep up one of their many positive trends this season while attempting to break one negative trend at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 6-0-1 in games after a loss this season. They lost 2-0 to the Ottawa Senators at the Garden on Sunday. However, New York has lost four in a row at home (0-3-1) after going 8-1-0 in its first nine home games. The Rangers have scored the first goal in three of those four games, but haven't built on the lead in any of them. They scored first against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 23, then allowed six unanswered goals in a 6-1 loss. "Obviously you want to try and have a good start as far as getting on the board and kind of carrying the momentum," captain Ryan McDonagh said. "It seems like we're carrying on long spurts without scoring a goal." Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will start after Antti Raanta played Sunday.. He is 9-0-0 with a 1.09 goals-against average and .965 save percentage in his past nine home games against Carolina dating back to Jan. 5, 2011. The Rangers have won their past 11 games against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden and are 19-3-0 against Carolina since Feb. 22, 2011.


Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen -- Lee Stempniak

Phil Di Giuseppe -- Derek Ryan -- Andrej Nestrasil

Viktor Stalberg -- Jay McClement -- Joakim Nordstrom

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Ron Hainsey -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Matt Tennyson

Cam Ward

Michael Leighton

Scratched: Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Bryan Bickell (illness), Brock McGinn (upper body), Jordan Staal (concussion), Eddie Lack (concussion)


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Derek Stepan -- Rick Nash

Brandon Pirri -- Kevin Hayes -- Mats Zuccarello

Matt Puempel -- J.T. Miller -- Jesper Fast

Oscar Lindberg -- Josh Jooris -- Jimmy Vesey

Ryan McDonagh -- Dan Girardi

Marc Staal -- Nick Holden

Brady Skjei -- Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Adam Clendening

Injured: Pavel Buchnevich (back), Mika Zibanejad (broken left fibula), Michael Grabner (illness)


Status report

Di Giuseppe will play on the penalty kill, Peters said, and Stempniak will move up into the top-six because of Staal's injury. … Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said there is a 90 percent chance Miller will play. That's up from the 50 percent chance he gave Miller after practice Monday. Miller had to get stitches in his knee after taking a shot to the leg against the Senators on Sunday. However, Miller took park in the optional morning skate, and Vigneault said he looked good. However, Vigneault said there is a chance Grabner will not play because he is sick. He was not at the Garden for team meetings Tuesday.

Who's hot

Skinner has three points in his past two games. He had his fifth multipoint game of the season Sunday and leads the Hurricanes with 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists).

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