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New York Rangers Game Thread: 1/31, Hurricanes at Rangers

Can we score in this one? Please?

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Game Forty-Six, the Carolina Hurricanes at the New York Rangers
Record: 27-15-4

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There was once a dream that was offense. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish... it was so fragile. And I fear it will not survive the winter.

It has been a very long time since the Rangers dropped three games in regulation in a row, but that is exactly what they are facing tonight at the Garden when they host the Carolina Hurricanes. Sure, the Hurricanes are a bad hockey team and are at the bottom of the barrel in the Metropolitan Division, but they have been playing better of late. In fact, the 'Canes are 7-3-0 in their last ten games and are riding a three game winning streak right now. The Hurricanes are coming off of a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and are feeling pretty good about their play right now. The Rangers can't afford to lose this game for all kinds of reasons. When you're struggling and you come up against the bottom team in your division, you have to get two points and turn things around.

The Rangers offense has been pretty pathetic lately. Will we see it wake up tonight against Eric Staal and the Hurricanes? Or will we see more of the same questionable discipline, strange decisions with the puck, and scoring chances that simply just don't go in?

The New York Rangers' January Schedule

1/3 Sabres at Rangers, 7:00 (win.)
1/7 Rangers at Ducks, 10:30 (win.)
1/8 Rangers at Kings, 10:30 (win.)
1/10 Rangers at Sharks, 10:00 (win.)
1/13 Islanders at Rangers, 7:00 (loss.)
1/15 Rangers at Bruins, 7:00 (loss.)
1/16 Rangers at Blue Jackets, 7:00 (win.)
1/18 Rangers at Penguins, 12:30 (win.)
1/20 Senators at Rangers, 7:00
(win.)
1/27 Rangers at Islanders, 7:00 (loss.)
1/29 Canadiens at Rangers, 7:00 (loss.)
1/31 Hurricanes at Rangers, 7:00

Mike's Player to Watch: Martin St. Louis

Marty is a leader on and off the ice for this team and no Ranger has had more experience scoring goals and creating offense against the Hurricanes than he has. When a team is struggling to find some offense, things often get turned around with an ugly goal or a guy like St. Louis making things happen. Honestly, I'll take all the ugly goals we can get, but it would be great to see Marty get going in the second half of the season and lead the charge for the Rangers' offense on the second line with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider. Look for St. Louis to play an intense game and make things happen tonight.

Let's go Rangers! Drop the puck.