GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

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GAME NOTES: Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Tonight's Game
NYR VS. CAR
The Rangers face off against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). At 15-9-2, the Blueshirts currently sit atop the Atlantic Division and rank second in the Eastern Conference with 32 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Senators, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at Scotiabank Place to pull within two points of Ottawa for the Conference lead. In the last 18 games, New York has posted a 13-4-1 record after beginning the season 2-5-1 in their first eight. Following tonight's game, the Blueshirts will take on the Maple Leafs on Thursday, December 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Hurricanes, 14-10-3, currently sit atop the Southeast Division with 31 points and have lost six of their last nine contests.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight''s game will be televised by MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York.

Rangers vs. Hurricanes Pre-Game Notes:

* The Rangers are 9-4-0 at MSG this season; Carolina has posted a 6-5-2 record in 13 road contests.

* The Rangers are 5-1-1 against the Southeast Division this season; Carolina is 2-2-2 vs. Atlantic Division opponents.

* New York has tallied a power play goal in three of the last four contests (five of 23, 21.7%), including two markers on the man advantage in each of the last two games.

* With their 4-2 win on Thursday over the Islanders, the Blueshirts finished the month of November with a record of 10-3-1 marking the 15th time in franchise history the team has recorded 10 or more wins in a month.

* The Blueshirts have posted an 7-1-1-1 record vs. the Hurricanes in their last 10 games at MSG, outscoring Carolina 33-15 over the span.

* In four games vs. Carolina last season, the Blueshirts power play clicked for four goals in 15 attempts (26.7%), while holding the Hurricanes scoreless in 15 power play opportunities.

* In the 2006-07 season series, Jaromir Jagr led the Rangers with three goals and five points (three goals and two assists), while Martin Straka tallied a team-leading three assists.

* Henrik Lundqvist posted a 3-0-0 record, along with an 0.65 goals against average and one shutout in three appearances last season.

* In 65 career games vs. the Carolina franchise, Jagr has registered 30 goals and 65 assists for 95 points; Brendan Shanahan has collected 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 36 career contests vs. Carolina; Martin Straka has recorded 37 points (12 goals and 25 assists) in 47 career matches vs. Carolina.

* With his game-winning goal in Saturday's 5-2 win at Ottawa, Jagr moved into a tie with Brett Hull for third with 110 career game-winners.

* Chris Drury is one goal shy of 200 career NHL goals.

* Straka needs one assist for 100 assists as a Ranger.

* Jagr has notched a goal in each of the last three games.

* Shanahan and Scott Gomez both enter tonight's game riding four-game points streaks, tallying five points (three goals and two assists) and four points (one goal and three assists), respectively.

* Eric Hunter, the Rangers' third round pick (77th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, has registered 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 17 games with the University of Alberta Golden Bears of the Canadian Interuniversity Sports League (CIS) this season; The first-year player is tied for first with  three game-winning goals, and tied for second in goals (10) and points (20).

* The Rangers have two former Hurricanes on their roster; Marek Malik (1994-95 - 1996-97, 1998-99 - 2002-03) and Shanahan (1995-96 - 1996-97).

* The Hurricanes' roster lists one former Ranger; Matt Cullen (2006-07).

All-Time - Rangers vs. Hurricanes
Overall: 47-41-7-1
At MSG: 30-14-4-1
At Carolina: 17-27-3-0

2007-08 – Rangers vs. Hurricanes
Dec. 3 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at MSG
Dec. 26 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at MSG
Jan. 29 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at RBC Center
Feb. 28 Rangers vs. Hurricanes at RBC Center

Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Dec. 3 Rangers vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 Rangers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 Rangers vs. New Jersey, 5 p.m.
Dec. 12 Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-1-1
Last 10 NYR games: 7-2-1

Injuries
* Sean Avery underwent successful wrist surgery on Nov. 29 and has missed two games.

* Paul Mara suffered a shoulder injury on November 29 and has missed one game.

Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack are riding a season-high five-game winning streak, after sweeping three games in three days over the weekend.  The Pack downed the Portland Pirates (Anaheim affiliate) by a 5-3 score at the Hartford Civic Center on Sunday, after their most lopsided victory of the season Saturday, a 6-2 home triumph over Springfield (Edmonton affiliate).  Friday night saw the Wolf Pack outlast the Worcester Sharks (San Jose affiliate), 4-2, in Worcester.  Ken Gernander’s club has now won nine of its last 10 outings and 11 of its last 13.  The Pack trail first-place Providence (Boston affiliate) by three points in the Atlantic Division standings, and the Wolf Pack will make their first visit of the season to the Rhode Island capital Wednesday (7:05).  That is followed by a home tilt Friday (7:00) vs. Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) and another visit to Worcester on Saturday (7:05).

For more Wolf Pack news, visit  www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:

Ivan Baranka registered 1-1-2 in Sunday’s 5-3 Wolf Pack win over Portland. He has points in three of his last four games (1-3-4) and is tied for second in plus/minus among AHL defensemen (+12).

Dane Byers netted the GWG on Sunday vs. Portland with 3:25 remaining in the third period (First Star). He had points in all three of the weekend’s games (2-1-3), after going the previous 11 games without registering a point.

Alex Bourret wa named game’s First Star Friday at Worcester, after scoring two goals, including the game-winner, and adding an assist (4-2 win). He had missed the previous eight games due to a concussion. Bourret also notched the GWG Saturday vs. Springfield, giving him a league-best four game-winners.

Nigel Dawes struck for the Wolf Pack’s first hat trick of the season in Saturday night’s 6-2 win over Springfield (First Star). He also added an assist, for his second four-point game in a span of four contests. Even after being held without a point in Sunday’s victory vs. Portland, Dawes has 5-6-11 in his last five AHL games.

Andrew Hutchinson posted two-assist outings both Friday night at Worcester and Saturday vs. Springfield. He has points in six of his last seven games (1-10-11) and ranks fourth among AHL defensemen in assists (14) and tied for fourth in points (19).

Lauri Korpikoski
earned Second-Star honors in Sunday’s 5-3 home triumph over Portland, with 1-1-2, after snapping a nine-game goalless drought with a third-period tally Saturday vs. Springfield. Korpikoski's +13 rating ranks tied for fourth in the AHL.

Greg Moore leads the AHL in plus/minus, at a +16.

Pierre Parenteau
notched 1-1-2 in both Saturday’s victory over Springfield and Sunday’s triumph vs. Portland.  He has at least a point in nine of his last 10 games (6-8-14) and is tied for fourth in the AHL in shots on goal (78).

Thomas Pock tallied a goal and an assist Friday, in the Pack’s 4-2 win at Worcester. He has 2-4-6 in his last five games.

Tom Pyatt scored a goal in Sunday’s victory over Portland, giving him 3-2-5 in his last five games. He returned to action Friday in Worcester, after missing the previous 10 games due to a high ankle sprain.

For more Wolf Pack news, visit <a href="http://www.hartfordwolfpack.com">www.hartfordwolfpack.com</a>.