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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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