GAME NOTES: 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
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.
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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%)
- Defenseman Bret Hedican, lower body, day-to-day, missed three games