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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers

Sunday, 03.11.2007 / 1:55 PM / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45