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Canes look to reverse fortune at Rangers

Posted November 2, 2013

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason (6) lines up during the power play during the Hurricanes' 3-0 home loss to the Lightnings at PNC Arena on November 1, 2013 in Raleigh, NC (Photos By Anthony Barham)

— The New York Rangers hope to extend their first winning streak of the season on Saturday night when they resume their homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Following a 3-6-0 road trip to begin the season, the Rangers lost their home opener at renovated Madison Square Garden on Monday after getting shut out by Montreal. They then rebounded with a road win against the New York Islanders the following night and made it two victories in a row with Thursday's 2-0 triumph over visiting Buffalo.

Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in his second shutout of the season, helped by an offense that racked up a season-high 46 shots. Derick Brassard and Chris Kreider had the goals.

"It just feels good to be part of a win here," said Lundqvist, who capped his 47th career shutout with 11 saves in the third period. "I think we're moving in the right direction and that's a good thing."

Thursday's win came in the opener of a four-game homestand and the Rangers are aiming to record a victory in three straight for the first time since April 18-21.

In 23 career starts versus the Hurricanes, Lundqvist is 14-8-1 with a 2.27 goals against average.

New York swept its three-game set with Carolina a season ago, winning twice after regulation. Overall, the Rangers have won each of the past eight encounters overall and four in a row at home.

Carolina comes into this meeting have scored just four goals over a four-game losing streak and was blanked 3-0 on Friday night by Ben Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bishop made 31 saves in the shutout.

Justin Peters gave up three goals on 32 shots for the Hurricanes, who are on their longest losing streak since dropping seven straight from April 1-11.

"No one is going to panic. We accept the losses as far as teams accept it, but we accept the challenge that we have got to get better," said Carolina coach Kirk Mueller.

The Hurricanes are playing without their top two goaltenders in Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin, as well as talented forward Jeff Skinner due to injury.

It is unknown if Peters will get the call again tonight or if Mike Murphy will make his first NHL start. Peters has never started versus the Rangers, though he did stop all eight shots he faced over 19 minutes of relief against them on April 6 of last season.

Carolina has not beaten New York since Jan. 20, 2011 at home.

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd
PHI 45
CHA 60
 
2nd
PHI 45
CHA 60
 
2nd
ORL 35
UTA 44
 
1st
CLE 13
BRK 23
 
1st
BOS 16
MIN 15
 
1st
DET 25
TOR 20
 
1st
MIA 18
WAS 15
 
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MEM
CHI
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SAN
POR
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DEN
LAC
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LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
2nd
RAD 68
SIENA 58
 
Half
BUCK 38
CASEWEST 36
 
Half
LIB 51
CPNC 35
 
Half
SCAR 28
CLEM 30
 
Half
CMICH 51
CONC 28
 
Half
MIAMI 25
EKENT 27
 
Half
GWEBB 52
HIWASSEE 34
 
Half
ODU 31
MDES 26
 
1st
BUF 34
NIAG 26
 
Half
KSU 32
NCAT 25
 
Half
FAM 21
UNF 38
 
2nd
NORST 40
NARZ 22
 
Half
DART 33
NILL 19
 
Half
MORE 27
NKENTUCKY 49
 
Half
UCSB 34
SDCHR 18
 
1st
STJ 16
GAELS 31
 
1st
ALA 34
STILL 21
 
Half
HAMP 29
TENST 24
 
Half
TENN 26
TENT 32
 
Half
WMARY 46
WSHMD 16
 
1st
MERC 19
COOK 5
 
1st
FLGC 13
FUR 14
 
1st
CALST 13
SDKST 18
 
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MTST
CHAT
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DICKINSON
 
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LSUALEX
 
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LIP
 
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LAM
MLGN
 
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MINN
SEAT
 
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LOYC
SUTAH
 
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SELA
WINT
 
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SILL
NO
 
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ALAAM
 
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COLST
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ARZ
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CHAM
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NJD 2
TAM 0
 
1st
OTT 2
ANA 0
 
1st
DET 1
NYI 0
 
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WIN
BOS
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CAL
DAL