Preview: Canes at Rangers |  NHL.com

Preview: Canes at Rangers | NHL.com

NEW YORK, NY. – The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers go head-to-head Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, a battle with big implications for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

When: Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm EST

Watch: Bally Sports South, Bally Sports App

Listen: 99.9 The Fan, Hurricanes.com/Listen, Hurricanes App

PROJECTED LINEUP

Canes Record: 47-18-8 (102 Points, 1st – Metropolitan Division)

Canes Last Game: 5-2 Win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, April 10.

Rangers Record: 47-20-6 (100 Points, 2nd – Metropolitan Division)

Rangers Last Game: 5-1 Win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, April 10.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

  • Friday, January 21: Tony DeAngelo records three points against his former team en route to a 6-3 Canes victory.
  • Sunday, March 20: Alex Georgiev posts a 44-save shutout, backstopping New York to a 2-0 win.

THE QUICK HITS:

Last Time Out: The Canes jumped on the Ducks early Sunday, scoring twice within the opening 5:08 to take an early 2-0 advantage. The second tally went on to become the first of three on the afternoon for Jordan Staal, who recorded the first hat trick of the season for Carolina. It was a historical hat trick for Staal, who set a new NHL record for longest time in between three-goal performances, 4,898 days removed from his most recent one, which came as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008. Frederik Andersen earned the win in net for Carolina, saving 23 out of 25 Anaheim attempts.

Battle For The Top Spot: As stated in the lede, tonight’s winner will likely be atop the Metropolitan Division standings after the final horn. The only situation that would not be the case is if New York would win in overtime, they would still trail the Canes by one point (103-102). The Canes have been in the # 1 spot for months, but the Rangers have also played consistently good hockey, now just two points behind Carolina entering the matchup. Both teams have nine games remaining in the regular season following tonight and while the two sides will meet again at MSG on Tuesday, April 26, this evening is an incredibly important contest for how the standings will look for the next two weeks.

Defense Wins Championships: An integral part of the success for both clubs is their ability to defend. Since these two teams last met on Sunday, March 20, no one in the league has allowed fewer shots per game than the two, with Carolina’s average of 24.3 per game ranks just 1.2 better than New York. The goaltending has been strong for both sides as well, with the two sides ranking number two and three respectively in goals against per game. Carolina has allowed 2.33 per outing since March 20 and New York sits just behind them at 2.36.

Special Special Teams: The Canes have had the top ranking penalty kill for the majority of the season (88.4%), but they will have a massive test on their hands tonight. The Rangers power play ranks second league-wide with a success rate of 26.4% and when it comes to scoring on the power play, no NHL skater has been better than Chris Kreider. 25 of Kreider’s 49 goals this season have come on the man advantage, the most by any player in a single season since Ilya Kovalchuk recorded 27 in 2005-06.

Need A Helper ?: Jaccob Slavin and Tony DeAngelo are creeping their way up some franchise history lists, both sitting third and fourth right now for assists by a defenseman in a single season. DeAngelo (37) and Slavin (35) sit only behind Frantisek Kaberle (38) and Joni Pitkanen (40).

A Look At The Other Side: The Rangers have won three in a row entering tonight and are 7-2-1 in their last ten games. Artemi Panarin leads the team with his 88 points, including his 67 assists, which rank third in the league. Speaking of league leaders, goaltender Igor Shesterkin has been in the discussion for the Vezina Trophy all season long, with his .935 save percentage (SV%) leading the league, his 2.07 goals against average (GAA) being tied with Frederik Andersen for the league lead and his 34 wins being tied for second.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Milestones Within Reach: Tonight is Don Waddell’s 1,100th game as an NHL General Manager. Max Domi‘s first goal with the Canes will be his 100th of his NHL career. Teuvo Teravainen is two goals shy of 100 as a member of the team.

What Are We Wearing ?: The Canes will be wearing their white sweaters tonight.


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