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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers

Sunday, 03.11.2007 / 1:55 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers
Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers
Sunday, March 11, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Madison Square Garden * New York, NY
Hurricanes: 34-28-7 (75 pts.) 3rd Southeast Division; 8th Eastern Conference
Rangers:
33-27-7 (73 pts.), 4th Atlantic Division; 9th Eastern Conference


*Standings through NHL games of March 9

TOMORROW’S GAME
The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up a two-game road swing with a Sunday matinee at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers (12:30 p.m., NBC, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina scored a 3-0 shutout win at Washington on Friday in the first game of the trip. The Hurricanes (75 pts.) enter Sunday’s games in third place in the Southeast Division standings behind Tampa Bay and Atlanta.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle played his 400th NHL game at WSH (3/9)
  • Goaltender John Grahame will play his 200th NHL game with his next game played
  • Defenseman David Tanabe is two games shy of 300 Hurricanes games played
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley is two assists shy of 400 for his NHL career

CURRENT STREAKS

  • Left wing Andrew Ladd has points in three straight games (3/2-3/9: 1g, 2a)
  • Right wing Scott Walker has points in three straight games (3/2-3/9: 2g, 2a)
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour has points in two straight games (3/4-3/9: 1g, 1a)

AGAINST THE RANGERS
Sunday’s game marks the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers this season. The teams first met this season at the RBC Center on Nov. 15, a 2-1 Hurricanes win. The Rangers scored a 4-0 shutout win against Carolina at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21, and a 4-1 win on Feb. 15 in the teams’ most recent meeting at the RBC Center. Last season, Justin Williams led the Hurricanes with five points (3g, 2a) in the four-game set against the Rangers, while Michael Nylander paced New York with seven points (4g, 3a). The Hurricanes took three of the four games between the clubs last year, dropping just the Nov. 19 match up at MSG 4-3. Carolina holds a 42-46-7 all-time record against the Rangers, with a 27-17-3 home record and a 15-29-4 record at the Garden.

Television: NBC

Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), Pirate Radio – WGHB 1250 AM and WDLX 930 AM (Greenville, NC… check listings for games), News Talk Radio WFNC 640 AM (Fayetteville, NC… Saturdays and Sundays)
Internet: www.nhl.com, www.CarolinaHurricanes.com

CAROLINA NOTES

  • The Hurricanes enter Friday’s game with 75 points and in third place in the Southeast Division behind Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Carolina is in a tight race for playoff position with the New York Islanders, Toronto, Montreal and the New York Rangers.

  • It is impossible to divide the 82-game NHL schedule into perfect thirds, but when looking at the first 27 games of the season, Carolina went 14-10-3. In the next 28 games (games 28-55), the Hurricanes posted a 12-12-4 record, and the team has started the final third of the season 8-6-0 (27 games; games 56-82).

  • While the Hurricanes have won just nine games in their last 21 outings, the team has won eight of its last 14 games and earned points in 16 of its last 26 games, going 13-10-3 since Jan. 6, and earning 29 of a possible 52 points in that span.

  • The Hurricanes trail Atlanta and Tampa in the Southeast Division standings, but play three games against those teams in their final 14 regular-season games (March 30 vs. TB, April 3 at TB and April 6 vs. ATL).

  • The Hurricanes’ penalty kill has allowed just one power-play goal in the last nine games, going 32-for-33 since Feb. 17.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 17-13-4
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 17-15-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 57-of-381 (15.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 287-of-342 (83.9%)

INJURY REPORT

  • Defenseman Bret Hedican, lower body, day-to-day, missed three games

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81