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Hurricanes hope to continue streak vs. Rangers

by Eric Goodman /
HURRICANES (18-15-5) at RANGERS (22-15-3)
TV -- FS-CR (HD); MSG (HD)

Last 10 --
Carolina 6-3-1; New York 5-3-2

Season series -- This is the second of four meetings between these two teams. Erik Cole notched the game-winning goal for Carolina in a back-and-forth affair that the Hurricanes took 4-3 on Oct. 29 at Madison Square Garden.

Big story --
The Hurricanes have a three-game winning streak against the Rangers, with all three victories coming at MSG. If Carolina can grab another win Wednesday night in New York, it will mark the franchise's first four-game winning streak there since 1987 when the club was known as the Hartford Whalers. A victory by the Hurricanes would also extend the Rangers' current overall losing streak to three.

Team Scope:
Hurricanes -- Carolina had won its last three games before dropping a 4-3 affair in overtime against the Panthers on Monday. Zach Boychuk and Jay Harrison scored goals to help the 'Canes battle back from a 3-1 third-period deficit and force the extra period, which meant that Carolina has now gained at least a point in each of its last four games.

Coach Paul Maurice was happy with the Hurricanes' ability to get that all-important point in the standings, especially considering his club was trailing late in the game.

"I liked the fact that we were able to fight back in the game," Maurice said.

Rangers -- A 3-0 loss at Florida on Sunday preceded by a 2-1 overtime defeat at Tampa last Saturday means that the Blueshirts are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since Oct. 11-18, their only one this season. But the Rangers have won three of their last four at home, with a total of 21 goals over that span.

Going into Wednesday's game, the Rangers maintain the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with 47 points, but the Hurricanes are within striking distance with 41 points. It is likely that goalie Henrik Lundqvist will start for New York on Wednesday. The Swedish veteran is just 8-7-1 with a 2.42 goals-against average and one shutout in 16 career regular season games vs. the Hurricanes.

Who's hot -- Rangers forward Marian Gaborik has struggled recently, but has been pretty solid against Carolina in his career. The right wing has 7 goals and 14 points in 12 games against the Hurricanes. … Carolina goalie Cam Ward is 5-2-1 over his last eight games with an average of 33 saves per game over that span.

Injury report -- The Rangers will be missing forwards Derek Boogaard (shoulder), Erik Christensen (knee) and Vaclav Prospal (knee). … Jussi Jokinen (upper body) and Joni Pitkanen (lower body) remain questionable for Carolina, while Jiri Tlusty (upper body) is on injured reserve.

Stat pack -- Monday's OT loss put the Hurricanes' record at 13-1-3 when leading after the first. That one defeat in regulation when leading after the first has them tied with four other teams for fewest in the League.

Puck drop -- Harrison was a bit upset following his team's most recent loss, but was also able to find the silver lining.

"It's extremely disappointing not to be able to finish it off, but there were a lot of positives as well," he told the club's website Monday. "We've got to take that and build and build."

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