Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NEW YORK RANGERS
CAROLINA HURRICANES (15-14-5-3, 38 pts.)
NEW YORK RANGERS (14-20-5-1, 34 pts.)
Tuesday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. at RBC Center
Defenseman Glen Wesley played in his 600th game with the franchise at New York. Carolina head coach Paul Maurice will coach in his 600th career NHL/Hurricanes game against the New York Rangers tonight. Captain Ron Francis has 15 points (6g, 9a) in his last 15 games. Francis had his six-game point streak broken against the Islanders Saturday night. With his assist against the Dallas Stars, Francis became the second player in NHL history after Wayne Gretzky to tally 1,200 career assists. Second-year forward Erik Cole has 15 points (9g, 6a) in the last 19 games.
|Dec. 31||Tuesday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 1||Wednesday||RBC Center||TBA|
|Jan. 2||Thursday||RBC Center||TBA|
|Jan. 3||Friday||HSBC Arena||11:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 4||Saturday||FleetCenter||11:30 a.m.|
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Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC)
Radio: WKIX 102.3 FM (Goldsboro); WKXU 101.1 FM (Raleigh); WDTF 570-AM (Raleigh); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WDLZ 98.3-FM (Murfreesboro); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem); WRUP 97.9-FM (New Bern/Morehead City); WSTK 910-AM (Jacksonville); WNMX 106.1 (Charlotte); WCNC 1240-AM (Elizabeth City); WZBO 1260-AM (Edenton)
Tonight’s game will begin at 7:30, a half-hour later than originally scheduled. Head coach Paul Maurice, who ranks first among NHL coaches in tenure with the same club despite being the youngest coach in the NHL, will coach in his 600th career game against the New York Rangers. Forward Jeff O’Neill leads the team with 29 points (12g, 17a). Five of O’Neill’s goals this season have been game-winners, ranking him tied for fifth in that category through games of Dec. 29.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-5-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-9-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-211 (17.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 169-of-199 (84.9%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE CAROLINA / NEW YORK NOTES RANGERS NOTES SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers meet tonight for the third of four matchups this season. The Rangers defeated Carolina 4-1 at RBC Center in the season opener on Oct. 9. Carolina is 3-1-1 overall when opening the regular season against the Rangers. The Rangers won the rematch 3-1 in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 25. Rod Brind’Amour is Carolina’s leading scorer against the Rangers this season, having tallied a goal and an assist. Brind’Amour and Glen Wesley have notched the only goals against the Rangers this season.
The Hurricanes won the regular season series against the Rangers last season 3-1-0. The Hurricanes defeated the Rangers in last season’s opener in Raleigh, 3-1. The team defeated the Rangers 8-2 on Oct. 12, 1985 and 2-0 on Oct. 7, 1995 in home openers. The Hurricanes also defeated the Rangers 3-2 on Nov. 2 in Raleigh and 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 10 at MSG. New York’s lone win against Carolina came on Nov. 29, 5-0. Sami Kapanen led the Hurricanes in goals (4) and points (5) against the Rangers last season. Arturs Irbe was 2-0 with a 1.50 goals against average and a .953 save percentage against New York in 2001-02. The Rangers lead the series with the Hurricanes 39-36-6 overall and 24-14-3 at MSG. Carolina leads the series at home 22-14-3.
The Rangers fell to the Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Sunday Dec. 29. Defenseman Tom Poti, with his team-leading 29 points, is tied for second in the league among defenseman in scoring through games of Dec. 29. Eric Lindros scored a goal and added an assist against the Lightning and has tallied a point (8g, 6a) in 12 of his last 17 outings.
CAROLINA / NEW YORK NOTES
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS