The Rangers will face off against the Hurricanes tonight at 7pm. This is the third and final meeting between the two teams at Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers won the first two, 1-0 in regulation, and 2-1 in a shootout. Overall, the Rangers are 3-0 vs. Carolina this season, with 2 of the wins being in a shootout. The teams have one more game in Carolina in late March.
-They are 17-25-6 on the season. They are currently tied for third place in the race for McEichel.
-However, they are playing well lately. They are 6-2-2 in their last 10. Last night they lost to the Blues 3-2 in a shootout.
-Eric Staal leads the team in scoring, with 30 points in 48 games. All Star defender Justin Faulk is right up there with him, with 29 points.
-Anton Khudobin has played very well against the Rangers this season. He has a 1.64 GAA and .954 Save %. However he was pulled last night after giving up 2 goals in the first 3 minutes of the game. It has not been reported whether he or Cam Ward will get the start tonight.
-Jordan Staal has played well since his return to the lineup for Carolina. He has 9 points in 12 games, and 5 points in his last 3.
-They are 27-15-4 on the season, and with 58 points currently hold the second wildcard spot in the East. Florida (who they play on Monday) is the closest team behind them with 52 points.
-They are 6-4-0 in their last 10, but have lost 2 straight only having scored 1 goal in total. They are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Montreal on Thursday.
-The Rangers have won 14 out of their last 15 games against the Hurricanes.
-It hasn’t been reported who will start for the Rangers tonight. If it is Lundqvist, he has a 1.79 GAA and .941 Save % in his last 13 appearances against Carolina.
-This will be the first game of the season that Marc, Jordan, and Eric Staal play in together. Jordan missed the first three with a broken leg. What’s the over/under on how many times the Staal brothers are mentioned tonight?