The Rangers are 10-5-2 at home, 7-3-0 in their last ten games coming off a loss vs. the Florida Panthers on Tuesday evening. With 28 points the Rangers sit a point out of a playoff spot and will look to pickup two more points against their Metropolitan Division rivals.
This will be the second game for the Blueshirts without Mika Zibanejad who is out indefinitely with a concussion. In good news, captain Ryan McDonagh is scheduled to return to the lineup.
On November 22 the Rangers handily defeated the Hurricanes 6-1 down in Raleigh in a pre Thanksgiving throw down. Since that point, the Hurricanes have gone 1-1-1 with its two previous games being decided in a shootout. Overall the Hurricanes are 10-8-5 with 25 points, and have a road record of 5-4-2.
Here is a look at the projected lines for both sides.
Chris Kreider — David Desharnais — Pavel Buchnevich
Michael Grabner — J.T. Miller — Mats Zuccarello
Ryan McDonagh — Nick Holden
Marc Staal— Brendan Smith
Sebastian Aho — Jordan Staal — Teuvo Teravainen
Phil Di Giuseppe — Victor Rask — Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner — Derek Ryan — Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom — Marcus Kruger — Brock McGinn
Haydn Fleury — Justin Faulk
Jaccob Slavin — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Noah Hanifin — Brett Pesce
From more on the opposing team, check out Canes Country
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