Game Thread

Game 31: Carolina still isn’t good, make it six in a row

The New York Rangers are back home tonight, taking on the Carolina Hurricanes in the second game of their home-and-home. The Rangers eked out a shootout win last night in Raleigh, extending their winning streak to five games. Before their 4-1 win over Toronto the other day, Carolina had lost six in a row. They are a bottom-feeder in the Metro Division, and this is a home-and-home the Rangers need to take advantage of, turning those games in hand into points in the standings.

After last night’s win, the Rangers will be facing Carolina’s backup goalie, Anton Khudobin. Khudobin is pretty awful this year, with no wins in 9 starts and a 0.892 save percentage. The Rangers must take advantage of this and make the end of December their very own.

The Canes play a passive 1-2-2 on the forecheck and look to trap up the neutral zone. In their own end they run your standard low zone collapse. Not the most exciting of systems. On special teams, they run an umbrella powerplay, and a diamond/box hybrid PK.

Rangers lineup:

Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Martin St. Louis
Carl Hagelin-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
Matt Hunwick-Kevin Klein

Cam Talbot is in net tonight on the back end of the home and home.

Scratches/Injuries: Lee Stempniak (mumps), John Moore (healthy)

Be sure to check out our ticket link if you’re looking for tickets to the game.

Game time is 7pm on MSG.

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  • Classy move by the Rangers having a moment of silence and having the NYPD hold the flag during the national anthem

  • We win 1-0, fine, but this Carolina team is really bad, and we don’t put the hurts to them. Oh well, I’ll take it and be happy just the same!!!

    • Four point weekend. Six straight wins. Four days before Christmas. Days start getting longer.

      There is *nothing* to complain about tonight!

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