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New York tries for fourth win in five games; Carolina outscored 9-4 in consecutive losses

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

RANGERS (6-6-1) at HURRICANES (9-5-1)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-CR, MSG, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The New York Rangers will try for their fourth win in five games when they face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Thursday.

The Rangers scored twice on the power play and once shorthanded in a 5-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves.

Forward Erik Haula, who leads the Hurricanes with eight goals, is likely to miss his second straight game with a knee injury. Forward Eetu Luostarinen was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League and is expected to make his NHL debut. The 21-year-old was chosen by Carolina in the second round (No. 42) of the 2017 NHL Draft.

The Hurricanes have been outscored 9-4 in consecutive losses.


Players to watch 

Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a six-game point streak.

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past five games. 


They said it 

"It will be guys that play well. Maybe the leash is a little shorter now because I'm comfortable with seven (defensemen). Maybe there were times when you don't feel comfortable with all seven, a guy doesn't have a good night, you give him another chance. Well, I think that might be a little different now with seven guys I'd like to see play." -- Rangers coach David Quinn on choosing from seven healthy defensemen

"You want to make sure you're giving your guys freedom to make plays and be creative because that's how you get the most out of them. But that knowledge of when to do it, being a young group, that's where time and experience (are important). We're learning the hard way right now a little bit." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Rangers projected lineup 

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Chris Kreider -- Filip Chytil -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Smith -- Greg McKegg -- Micheal Haley

Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba

Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo

Marc Staal -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Lias Andersson, Ryan Lindgren

Injured: Mika Zibanejad (upper body)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Warren Foegele

Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Eetu Luostarinen -- Brian Gibbons

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Joel Edmundson -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), Jordan Martinook (core muscle surgery)


Status report 

Neither team held a morning skate. ... Jordan Staal did not practice Wednesday but is expected to play.


Stat pack 

Kreider has 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in 23 games against the Hurricanes. ... McKegg, who played 41 regular-season games and 14 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for Carolina last season, scored his first goal with the Rangers on Wednesday. ... Aho has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past six games.

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