GAME: New York Rangers (16-15-5-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (13-17-8-2).
TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m. EST.
After beating one of the top teams in the league, the Carolina Hurricanes
welcome the New York Rangers to the RBC Center.
The Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over St.
Louis on Tuesday.
Kevin Weekes made 19 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, and Danny
Markov and Kevyn Adams scored first-period goals.
The win was the Hurricanes' fourth in nine games since coach Peter
Laviolette took over for Paul Maurice.
"We've still got a ways to go, we still have to get better at a lot of
different things," said Laviolette, whose team despite its problems trails
first-place Atlanta by just seven points. "When we do, I think we'll just keep
One of those needed improvements is scoring as the Hurricanes are averaging
an NHL-low 1.75 goals per game. Josef Vasicek has a team-high nine goals for
the Hurricanes, who are also last in the league on the power play.
Despite getting the least amount of offensive support, Weekes is seventh in
the league with a 1.97 goals-against average. He is 3-2 with a 1.63 GAA in his
last five starts.
The Rangers, meanwhile, come in after failing to follow up a successful 3-1
road trip, losing 5-0 at home to Calgary on Monday.
While the Rangers outshot the Flames 36-27, they went 0-for-3 on the power
play, including failing on a two-man advantage in the second period.
Jussi Markkanen allowed three goals on 13 shots and was pulled after the
first period. It was the third time in six games New York has changed goalies.
"Those guys are doing their best," Rangers center Eric Lindros said. "We
have to play in front of our goaltenders. They are getting shots from 12 feet
The Rangers failed to move three games above .500, a level they haven't
reached since last February.