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Defenseman McDonagh out for Rangers; Carolina trying for third straight win

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

RANGERS (10-9-2) at HURRICANES (9-6-4)

7 p.m. ET; MSG 2, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The New York Rangers will be without defenseman Ryan McDonagh when they face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. McDonagh, New York's captain, is dealing with a lingering abdominal strain. He leads the Rangers in average ice time at 23:22. Steven Kampfer will take his place.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will make his 10th straight start for the Rangers, who enter Wednesday 7-2-0 in their past nine games.

Scott Darling will start for the Hurricanes, who have won two in a row and are 5-2-1 in the their past eight.


Players to watch

Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 23 games against Carolina.

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen, the NHL's First Star of the Week, has five goals and five assists in his past four games.


They said it

"Here's an opportunity to play some more important minutes. I'm expecting our (defensive) group to step up and to be good defensively and to be good with the puck. I'm sure the guys are excited for the extra ice time that's available right now." -- Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on playing without defenseman Ryan McDonagh

"We've got to go get him, make it hard on him. It's no different than a lot of nights in our division. You've got to go get the goaltender, and that's by being at the net." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters on facing goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who has a 2.11 goals-against average in 37 games against Carolina


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Michael Grabner -- J.T. Miller -- Mats Zuccarello

Rick Nash -- Kevin Hayes -- Jesper Fast

Jimmy Vesey -- Boo Nieves -- Paul Carey

Brady Skjei -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Marc Staal -- Steven Kampfer

Brendan Smith -- Nick Holden

Henrik Lundqvist

Ondrej Pavelec

Scratched: David Desharnais

Injured: Ryan McDonagh (abdominal strain)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn -- Derek Ryan -- Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner -- Elias Lindholm -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Victor Rask, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Lee Stempniak (upper body)


Status report

The Rangers did not hold a morning skate. … Desharnais will be a healthy scratch for the second game in a row after playing in the Rangers' first 20 games. ... Rask will be a healthy scratch for the second game in a row after playing in the Hurricanes' first 18 games.


Stat pack

Lundqvist is 25-11-1 with a .926 save percentage against Carolina since entering the NHL in 2005. Zibanejad has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. ... Aho has a four-game goal streak and has nine points (four goals, five assists) during that span.

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