RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New York Rangers will try to snap a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.
Forward Mats Zuccarello is expected to return to the New York lineup after sustaining a broken hand during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He has missed the first four games since the Rangers returned from the break.
Forward Martin St. Louis will play his second game for the Rangers, who did not skate Friday morning. He recorded three shots in his debut Tuesday, playing on a line with Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards.
The Hurricanes come off a 3-2 overtime win against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, snapping a five-game losing streak.
"We want to play a fast game here [Friday] and build off the game against San Jose, which is arguably our best game of the year," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "I thought our compete level was real high. We put pucks in an area where we were able to retrieve them and we were able to spend a lot of time in the offensive zone."
Forward Andrei Loktionov will make his Carolina debut after being acquired from the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday in a trade for Tuomo Ruutu. Loktionov had four goals and 12 points in 48 games with the Devils.
"He gives us a play-making, half-wall guy that we were looking for [on the power play]," Muller said. "He's creative and offensive."
Here are the projected lineups for the Rangers and the Hurricanes:
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Martin St. Louis
Mats Zuccarello - Derick Brassard - Benoit Pouliot
Brian Boyle - Dominic Moore - Daniel Carcillo
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Anton Stralman
John Moore - Kevin Klein
Scratched: Derek Dorsett, Raphael Diaz, Justin Falk
Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Elias Lindholm
Jiri Tlusty - Jordan Staal - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman - Andrei Loktionov - Manny Malhotra
Andrej Sekera - John-Michael Liles
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore
Jay Harrison - Ryan Murphy
Scratched: Radek Dvorak, Mike Komisarek
Injured: Justin Faulk (upper body)